William Frederick Cody, more commonly known as "Buffalo Bill,” embodies the romance of an illusory Western frontier.
Born in 1846, Cody would come to blaze a trail across American history with his Pony Express pioneering, Civil War heroics, and astoundingly popular Wild West Shows. The stories Cody told about his own life are a fascinating blend of fact and fiction. His fame has only grown following his death in 1917, reaching a peak during the Wild West craze of the 1950s. In juxtaposing Cody’s curious afterlife with a small cache of his own correspondence and promotional materials, this collection explores the enduring influence of Buffalo Bill on American culture and our persistent fascination with one its greatest showmen.