Buffalo Bill Ranch
We were able to stop at the famous Buffalo Bill's ranch called "Scouts Rest Ranch." Buffalo Bill led a very active life and there is too much history to include here. He is most famous for his Wild West shows, but he also a Pony Express rider, served as a Ranger for the Union forces during the Civil War, was a stage driver, a hotel manager, a scout, a buffalo hunter, and much more!
His 4,000 acre ranch has long since been divided and the remaining 256 acres are now a State Historical Site and Recreation Area. The park like area is truly "restful".
The horse barn is 148 feet long, 70 feet wide, and 40 feet high. It took 7 railroad cars of lumber to build. The rafter ends under the eaves are shaped like gun stocks.
The back side of the barn now is a museum of wagons and information from the Wild West Shows.
Annie Oakley was one of the Wild West show's most popular members. Annie was a sharp shooter (a skill gained at a young age by providing food for her family), and won a match (by one pigeon) against sharp shooter Frank Butler on Thanksgiving Day 1875. She was 15 and the man she shot against became her husband a year later.
The barn had is won blacksmith shop.
I got to pose with Buffalo Bill!
There is also an old cabin on the grounds.