Sunday, August 1, 2010

Buffalo Bills Museum and Grave - Golden, Colorado

I have to tell you that as much as I've heard the name "Buffalo Bill" throughout my life, I had no clue who he really was when we took this trip.  My parents even had the same feeling. Heard of him, but "Who the hell was Buffalo Bill?"

Besides being an Army scout, Pony Express rider, Buffalo hunter and a true cowboy; what made him so famous was the Wild West shows he put on while traveling the world.  Needless to say I had never put two and two together having gone to the "Buffalo Bill's Wild West dinner show" in Anaheim California.  His shows featured some of the most skilled cowboys and girls around the world - sort of like a Rodeo show.

For some, this may not seem like something that would interest you.  In fact, my parents were not totally impressed with needing to know about Buffalo Bill, but it turned out to be a great trip.  See, Buffalo Bill is buried at the top of Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado. Why? Because he wanted to be buried there (I asked).  The drive up the mountain is quite the entertainment of winding back and forth, all while dodging the crazy mountain bikers along the way.  Once we made it to the top, the view was amazing! 

If you don't care to know about Buffalo Bill, then don't waste your money on the museum. It's all about him and his life, which I found somewhat entertaining, but I probably could of done without it.   Although we had fun mid-way playing dress-up in the cowboy gear.  It may even be worth reading about him online before going, so you have a better understanding of what your seeing in the museum. 

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's grave is outside, just to the side and rear of the museum and is free to visit.  We had thought it was part of the museum admission until we found out afterwards it's open to the public. 

Even if the interesting lifestyle of Buffalo Bill doesn't get your heart racing...take the ride up just for the view! You can see the entire city of Golden and even Denver from Lookout Mountain.  Coors Brewery is located in Golden and you can see how enormous it is from above. Once you get back down you can also take a tour of the brewery if beer is your thing.

ADMISSION PRICES for the Buffalo Bill Museum
$5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 65 and older, $1 for children 6 - 15, 5 and under are free.

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