Buf­falo Bill ex­hi­bi­tion is com­ing

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - By Liam Cole­man Liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DID you know that the fa­mous Amer­i­can scout, hunter and show­man ‘Buf­falo Bill’ once per­formed in Lough­bor­ough?

Well a new ex­hi­bi­tion at Lough­bor­ough Li­brary ex­plores the story be­hind why Wil­liam Fred­er­ick Cody was in the town, and the show that he put on for thou­sands of mem­bers of the public that in­cluded re-en­act­ments of the fa­mous Amer­i­can war bat­tles,

Lo­cal his­to­rian, Tony Jar­ram was on a fam­ily hol­i­day in Denver last year when he came across the grave of the fa­mous Amer­i­can, and he said that in the mu­seum in Look­out Moun­tain Park it in­vites peo­ple to see if Buf­falo Bill ever vis­ited your town. And in­deed he did. Tony said he was shocked when he saw Lough­bor­ough on the list of towns and cities that Cody vis­ited on his tour of Amer­ica and Europe from the 1880s to 1900s.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been put to­gether by Tony and Lough­bor­ough Li­brary Lo­cal Stud­ies Vol­un­teers, and it will de­pict Bill Cody’s life­time as a Pony Ex­press rider, buf­falo hunter and scout and tell of the Wild West shows that he pro­duced and di­rected.

Bill Cody’s life and times gives an in­sight into the Amer­i­can West dur­ing the era of cow­boys and in­di­ans when the buf­falo herds roamed the plains.

In later life Buf­falo Bill ex­hib­ited his ex­pe­ri­ences in the “Wild West” shows, vis­it­ing Lough­bor­ough in 1903.

Tony told the Echo that Buf­falo Bill would have brought more than 100 Amer­i­can in­di­ans and three trains of horses, buf­falo, buck­ing bron­chos to be used in his show.

He said that one of the in­di­ans who came with Bill to Lough­bor­ough was the son of fa­mous in­dian chief ‘Sit­ting Bull’ - renowned for his vi­sion be­fore the Bat­tle of Lit­tle Bighorn.

Tony has also been given per­mis­sion from the Buf­falo Bill Grave and Mu­seum in Denver to use pho­tos from its col­lec­tion for the ex­hi­bi­tion, which in­clude tour pho­tos that would have been typ­i­cal of the Lough­bor­ough event.

He said: “It has been ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing look­ing through the history of Buf­falo Bill, and it was lit­er­ally some­thing that I just stum­bled across on hol­i­day and I never ex­pected to come across it.

“I have had help from a lot of peo­ple, and Sharon Gray has put to­gether a fam­ily tree of Buf­falo Bill for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It is great to think that he per­formed in Lough­bor­ough, and any­one with an in­ter­est I would say it is def­i­nitely worth com­ing along to have a look.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is free and will be open from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6 till Satur­day, Novem­ber 25 at Lough­bor­ough Li­brary, Granby Street, Lough­bor­ough.

Pic­tured are the Araphaho in­di­ans who vis­ited Lough­bor­ough. Photo courtesy of Tony Jar­ram.

Pic­tured is Iron White Man, one of the Sioux in­di­ans to visit Lough­bor­ough. Photo courtesy of Tony Jar­ram.

Pic­tured is Amer­i­can scout, hunter and show­man, Wil­liam Fred­er­ick Cody - ‘Buf­falo Bill’. Photo courtesy of Tony Jar­ram.

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