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Museum Minute: Buffalo Bill's Childhood Home

Buffalo Bill Cody’s two-story childhood home stands in the courtyard of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. It’s the largest object in the Center’s collection.

But before its permanent home become the Center, it was originally brought out to Wyoming by a Burlington railroad official. Buffalo Bill was born in Le Claire, Iowa. His family moved into the house around 1849. Eventually, they moved to Kansas where the family ran into all sorts of problems due to conflict over the expansion of slavery, so the home represents the peaceful agricultural lifestyle they left behind in Iowa.

In 1922, an official for the Burlington railroad found out it was for sale. The house was brought to Cody where it was located next to the Burlington railroad depot. The official purchased it on the premise to try and lure tourists away from other railroad destinations like the Northern Pacific Railroad into Gardiner, Montana. The railroad realized that Buffalo Bill was quite a selling point for their line to Cody so it was a marketing technique. 

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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