Western history

Buffalo Bill Days

Buffalo Bill Parade

Local festivals are a great way to enjoy the Old West. Last weekend, I attended Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, Colorado. A terrific parade almost two hours long brought out the best of local bands, horses, and folks in Western attire and costumes for the festival. It was great fun to peel away from writing and editing to enjoy the sunshine and the sites in the Colorado foothills for the celebration of the pioneer scout and Western showman, William Cody, who is buried on Lookout Mountain above Golden.

In his day, Buffalo Bill was like a rock star. People came from far and wide to attend his Wild West shows, a combination of Old West theatrics and circus performance. His critics maintained that he exploited rather than preserved the Old West. Perhaps a deeper look at the story while revisiting primary sources will provide some insight. Uh oh, I think I feel another biography coming on.

A book about Buffalo Bill might loom in my future. For now, my days are full with presentation, articles, and tidying up loose ends with Baby Doe.  I am grateful to live where I can enjoy a glimpse of the old West now and then, with many ways to absorb and enjoy its history. A good dose of inspiration is very useful as well.

Joyce B. Lohse, 7/29/10