establishing its "pony express" across the American continent. On
account of his experience in the west as an employe of the govern
ment the express company gave him a route which ran through the
wildest parts of Kansas and Nebraska. This was in 1860 and 1861.
Following this, the Indians, especially the Sioux, became trouble
some and Cody was employed at Fort Leavenworth as a scout for
the various regiments which were sent against the warring Indians.
During the period which followed be participated in many of the
important Indian campaigns.
In 1867 and 1868 he was employed by the Kansas Pacific rail
road, now the Union Pacific, to furnish the employes of the road,
who were laying the track across Kansas, with food. During 18
months it is said that he Killed over 4,200 buffaloes. It was then
that he was named "Buffalo Bill." On account of his military
activities during the civil war and the Indian campaigns, he was
given the title of "colonel."
In Nebraska Legislature.
Cody was a member of the Nebraska legislature in 1872. He
also won prominence when, during the Indian battle of Wounded
Knee, he killed Yellow Hand, a Cheyenne chief, in a hand to hand
fight. In 1890-91 he was a general in the Nebraska national guard.
Wild West Show in 1883.
In 1883, Cody organized his "Buffalo Bill "Wild West Show."
He toured the United States and on two occasions he visited
England and the continent, Ten years ago he became associated
with "Pawnee Bill" "Willie, a noted Oklahoma and southwestern
scout. The attraction was known as "The Two Bill Show."
In 1914 Buffalo Bill went "broke" in Colorado Springs. His show
was taken from him and since then he has been an individual attrac
tion with a circus.
"Buffalo Bill" has made, it is estimated, over $1,000,000 in the
show business, but his fortune gradually dwindled. In the spring
he had planned to present to the public one of the greatest wild
west shows ever produced. He was to engage over 1,700 persons
and use about 2,000 horses in his "farewell" presentation of the
west as it was.
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