Buffalo Bill's Wild West

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Children's ticket to the 1901 show
Newspaper advertisement for the 1901 show

The Buffalo Bill's Wild West was a touring western show operated by William F. Cody. It visited Birmingham five times between 1895 and 1913, holding parades through downtown and hosting crowds at Smith's Park near Smithfield.

The show merged with rival Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West in 1908.


In Birmingham

  • October 23, 1895: Parade through downtown Birmingham before the show.
  • October 16, 1901: "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders" with "Baden-Powell's Heroes of Mafeking", "Oom Paul's Brave Boers", "The Battle of Tien-Tsin", the "Capture of Pekin", the "U. S. Life Saving Service", a "Genuine Guard of Canadian Mounted Rifles", Annie Oakley, and Johnny Baker. Advance reserve tickets were sold at Norton's Drug Store.
  • October 13, 1909, as Buffalo Bill’s Wild West combined with Pawnee Bill’s Far East promised Roughriders, Indians, Cowboys, Arabs, Soldiers, Cossacks, Mexicans, Wild West Girls, Plainsmen, Lancers, Artillery, Vaqueros, Japanese, Marksmen, Ruralies, Zouaves, Cavalry, and Dragoons alongside displays of horsemanship, savagery, riding, athletes, battles, horses, lassoing, frolics, attacks, music, manoeuvres, equestrians, acrobats, shooting, fighting, drills, charges and marches, culminating in re-enactments of "The Battle of Summit Springs" and "An Oriental Spectacle" featuring Rossi's Musical Elephants and Thompson's Trained Horses. Advance tickets were sold at the Crystal Palace Drug Store
  • October 16, 1911, as Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Far East (no parade that year)
  • June 11, 1913, as Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Far East. The newly-reinstituted parade featured several bands of mounted cowboys, a number of indians led by the Sioux chief Iron Cloud, a company of Boy Scouts leading groups representing several military outfits from around the world. The Oriental section included caged wild animals and a display of "various modes of transportation". The grounds included a "wild animal's annex", an Indian village with numerous Sioux tribesmen recruited from the vicinity of Wounded Knee including both Iron Cloud and Yellow Hand.

Other appearances