Buffalo Bill Cody and the Wild West Show
William Frederick Cody, "Buffalo Bill," was born in LeClaire, Iowa in February 26, 1846. While he was still a child, his family moved to Leavenworth, Kansas. Cody left his home in Leavenworth, at the young age of 12, working for a wagon train going to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Herding cattle and driving a wagon, he crossed Great Plains several times.
The year 1859, found Bill rushing to the gold fields of Colorado along with thousands of other prospectors. Searching for gold for two months near Black Hawk, Colorado, he met with little success.