The Show
In 1882, the town of North Platte, Nebraska where Cody lived at his "Scout's Rest Ranch," wanted to celebrate the 4th of July, and asked Colonel Cody to put the show on for them.  Cody obliged, and put on what has been considered to be one of the first rodeos in America, and was called "The Old Glory Blowout."  The show was so successful that it gave Cody the idea for his wild west show.  "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" was presented the next year in Columbus Nebraska, and continued to tour the world for many years until just before the start of World War I.  It was the most successful touring show of all time.  Colonel Cody died in early 1917, and his last words are purported to be: "Let my show go on!"

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