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In Commemoration of the Last Public Appearance of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody

At Portsmouth, Virginia on November 11, 1916

 
 
In Commemoration of the Last Public Appearance of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
1. In Commemoration of the Last Public Appearance of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody Marker
Inscription. William F. Cody, asso­ci­ated with a West­ern exhi­bi­tion titled “Buf­falo Bill (Him­self) and the 101 Ranch Wild West Com­bined,” passed by this spot on a route that would take the parade to the inter­sec­tion of Washington and Lin­coln Streets, site of the “Grand Finale.”

The suc­cess enjoyed by the Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion known as “The Old Glory Blowout” at North Platte, Nebraska, on July 4, 1882, con­vinced William F. Cody to orga­nize “Buf­falo Bill’s Wild West” and tour the United States and parts of Europe. Buf­falo Bill was and is a sym­bol of a glam­orous and col­or­ful era in United States history.

He lit­er­ally crated and shipped sam­ples of the “Wild West” to cen­ters of pop­u­la­tion around the world, giving mil­lions of Amer­i­cans and Euro­peans the opportunity to view first hand a part of Amer­i­can history that had cap­tured the pop­u­lar imagination.

Ded­i­cated to William F. Cody, an illus­tri­ous Amer­i­can, remem­bered as the “Father of Rodeo,” “The First Interna­tional Star,” and “America’s Good­will Ambassador-at-Large”
 
Erected 1987 by Backtrailing Buffalo Bill Cody and the Fletcher Family.
 
Location. 36° 50.07′ N, 76° 17.805′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Water Street south of High Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Order Fresnel Lens from the Hog Island Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Seaboard Air Line Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Elizabeth River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Luke Porter (about 400 feet away); Home Site of William Crawford (d. 1762) Founder of Portsmouth (about 400 feet away); Naval Shipyard Museum (about 500 feet away); Revolutionary War at Portsmouth (about 500 feet away); Cornwallis' Embarkation (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 735 times since then and 18 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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