William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a cultural icon in the Old West, famous for his exploits as a Pony Express rider, buffalo hunter, army scout and showman. Throughout 2017, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave has planned a series of special events and museum exhibits to celebrate his life and commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death.
Cody traveled all over the United States and Europe, but chose a gorgeous spot on Lookout Mountain in Golden as his final resting spot. It overlooks the places where he spent his life, the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Great Plains to the east. He died on Jan. 10, 1917.
The celebration begins on Jan. 10, 2017, with a candlelight vigil at Cody’s gravesite. Then on Jan. 12, there will be a wake at Lola Coastal Mexican restaurant in Denver. The restaurant is in the former location of Olinger’s Mortuary, where Cody’s body was kept until it was buried five months later. There will also be a Wild West Show at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo on Jan. 14 and 15.
Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivities:
Jan. 10: Candlelight Vigil at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
Jan. 12: Wake for Buffalo Bill at Lola Coastal Mexican restaurant (Denver/former site of Olinger’s Mortuary)
January 14 and 15: Wild West Show at National Western Stock Show (Denver)
Feb. 26: Buffalo Bill Birthday Party at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
June 3: Buffalo Bill Burial Re-creation at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
July 28 to 30: Buffalo Bill Days (Golden)
July 27 to 30: International Cody Family Association Reunion (Golden)
Sept. 17: Buffalo Bill Fall Roundup at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
Dec. 3: Christmas with Cody at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
Now open (permanent exhibit): A Visit to the Wild West, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
Jan. 7 to April 8: Buffalo Bill, Trains, and the Wild West, Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden)
February to June: Buffalo Bill: The Conservationist You Never Knew, Hiwan Museum (Evergreen)
Feb. 26 to Dec. 31: A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden)
March 11 to Sept. 2: Lights, Camera, Colorado! Buffalo Bill on the Big Screen, Lakewood Heritage Center (Lakewood)
April 28 to July 26: Quilting the Wild West, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Golden)
May 20 to August 27: Diversity in the West: Buffalo Bill Posters, McNichols Civic Center (Denver)
Sept. 1 to Dec. 31: Buffalo Bill in Comic Books/Dime Novels, Denver Public Library Western History Collection (Denver)