An American Cowboy in … Florence?

One of these guys has already been in Italy, can you guess which one?

One of these guys has already traveled to Italy
One of these guys has already traveled to Italy

Buffalo Bill Cody rode for the Pony Express at the age of 14.  He fought for the Union during the Civil War and served in the Army during the Indian Wars. He received the Medal of Honor in 1872.

Buffalo Bill performed in shows displaying western and cowboy themes. He founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1883.  He toured around the United States and then to Europe beginning in 1887.

The Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody Wyoming is a first class museum.  Last summer I visited and noticed that he had toured throughout Europe, including Italy.  There was a great interest in Europe for all things about Cowboys, Indians and the American West.

Courtesy of the Marketing Department: In Italian, La Rana means Frog.  A Bullfrog would be La Rana Toro.  Advertising bill for the Wild West.
Courtesy of the Marketing Department: In Italian, La Rana means Frog. A Bullfrog would be La Rana Toro. Advertising bill for the Wild West.

William Fredrick Cody included all the elements of the American AnnieWest.  Cowboys on horses, cattle, and Indians.

Cody was ahead of his time in many ways,  He featured Annie Oakley in the show.  He also included Indians in as well.  He insisted that they bring their families and live as they did back home in order to show the Europeans that they were people with families and their own way of life.

Buffalo Bill's Wild West traveled throughout Europe beginning in 1887.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West traveled throughout Europe beginning in 1887.

Buffalo Bill was one of the founders of Cody, Wyoming which was named for him.  The area was just to the west of the new Yellowstone National Park.  He believed that the area would grow. He was involved in developing hydroelectric power and irrigation for agriculture.

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I am a single dad with a very active teenager now off to college. Residing on Mercer Island and working in Seattle, Washington. My second retirement is within sight, about 1 to 2 years from now. It is time to get ready for a new adventure.

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