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Buffalo Bill was one of the most interesting figures of the old west and the best known spokesman of the new west Buffalo Bill was born in 1846 and his real name was William Frederick Cody Cody was many things He was a trapper bullwhacker Colorado Fifty-Niner Pony Express rider Civil War soldier wagonmaster stagecoach driver and even a manager of a hotel He changed his name to Buffalo Bill sometime in his early twenties for his skill while supplying railroad workers with buffalo meat He would soon begin his career as one of the most famous prairie scouts of the Indian Wars Buffalo Bill worked the army from 1868-1872 Cody was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1872 He was considered good luck by the men of the Fifth Cavalry Cody guided them to victory kept them from ambush and his own fame in turn reflected glory on the regiment Buffalo Bill thought himself to be lucky too Cody was very fortunate to be wounded in action only once and that one time it was only a minor wound Most of all he was most gracious for always being in the right place at the right time Buffalo Bill Cody appeared on stage for the first time in 1872 He played himself in a play titled Scouts of the Prairie Following this he kept acting in the winter and he worked for the army in the summer The Wild West show began in 1883 in Omaha When this began real cowboys and real Indians showing how life really was in the west Codys show spent ten out of its thirty years in Europe Buffalo Bill was a featured attraction at Queen Victorias Golden Jubilee Only Egypts fame opposed the Wild West as the talk of Chicago at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in 1893 His show exhibited many famous people such as Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull By the 1900s Buffalo Bill could have
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