Buffalo Bill Cody died on January 10, 1917, and as we mark the centennial of his death in a few days, I’ve been thinking about the continuing controversy about his true burial place. Although he was always the showman in life, I don’t think he would have liked the spectacle surrounding his death. It wasn’t what he wanted.
He died while visiting relatives in Denver, and I guess you can’t really blame the city and its newspaper, The Denver Post, for claiming a piece of the publicity pie by paying his widow for his body and staging an elaborate funeral on the city streets. Thousands of people paid their respects as Buffalo Bill Cody laid in state in the Colorado Capitol.
After the funeral, Buffalo Bill’s body was taken to a Denver mortuary to await the spring thaws for burial in the ground.
Several of Buffalo Bill’s friends were infuriated that Buffalo Bill was going to be buried in Denver instead of on Cedar Mountain overlooking the town he founded as he had wanted. They staged an elaborate switch, brought his body back to Cody and quietly buried him in an unmarked mountaintop grave.
Although Denver insists that the switch never occurred and Buffalo Read More