Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte

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Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, known as Scout's Rest Ranch, is a living history state park located west of North Platte, Nebraska. The ranch was established in 1878 with an initial purchase of 160 acres south of the Union Pacific tracks by William (Buffalo Bill) Cody. The 4,000 acre ranch was sold in 1911 and has been under the management of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1964. The 25 acre historic state park, deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is open weekdays from April to October. The house and outbuildings can be toured, including a museum documenting Cody’s life from a Pony Express rider to his Wild West shows.Founding of the Cody-North RanchIn 1877 Cody contacted Major Frank North, the leader of the Pawnee Scouts, who was living in Sidney, Nebraska. Cody founded the Cody-North Partnership with the North brothers to form a cattle business. North found land along the Dismal River, 65 miles north of North Platte, on which cattle could graze and a ranch could be built. Cody continued touring his “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show while North purchased cattle at the north end of the Texas cattle trail, near Ogallala, Nebraska. North hired cowboys to help operate the ranch while Cody was on tour.
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  • It was closed for the season. We took pictures of the house and the barn. However, there were chains across the sidewalk. I would like to have walked around on the property, but it didn't look like th...  more »
  • Inexpensive evening with the family and kids. Buffalo Bill's house is all decorated it to the tea with Christmas decorations in every room in numerous trees. Hayrides are also great for the kids. Can ...  more »
  • The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas! All the trees in each room were amazing. And seeing Santa was a plus! Outside we enjoyed a cup of hot cider and cookies.  more »