Buffalo Bill Biography
(1845-1917) - William Frederick Cody was born in Iowa. When he was fourteen he left his home to try his fortune as a gold digger. On the way he was hired as a horseman to work for the post-office "Pony Express". During the Civil War he was drafted with the armed forces of the Union and when the war was over he continued working for the army as an explorer. Afterwards he became a buffalo hunter to provide beef to the builders of the railroad. William became the owner of a hotel in Wyoming, and in 1883 he established his famous show "Buffalo Bill's Wild West," and travelled around the United States and Europe with great success for nearly 20 years.