Buffalo Bill Cody has a unique connection to Rochester. He had residence here for about three years while he was touring in his first stage show. His wife did not tour with him in those days. They also have two children buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Kit Carson Cody died of scarlet fever in 1876 while the family lived here. Then daughter Orra Maude Cody died in 1883 in North Platte, Nebraska but was buried next to her brother in Mt. Hope Cem.
Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West show to Rochester in 1883 which was soon after it was formed. He would have great success with that show but in 1901 there was a railroad accident which destroyed horses and the railroad cars that they were in. That brought the show to a halt. In 1908 Buffalo Bill joined with Pawnee Bill who also had a western show but that combined show went broke that same year. In 1916 Buffalo Bill joined with the 101 Ranch which is the show that visited Rochester and is described in the newspaper article and in the poster at the bottom of this post. Buffalo Bill would die at his sister’s home on 10 Jan. 1917 in Denver, Colorado.
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
Thursday, Aug. 6, 1916
Cowboys and Red Men in Camp To-day on Show Lot
BUFFALO BILL—101 RANCH SHOW
Arrives Rochester; Sunday 5 a. m.
Trains unloaded at Circle street.
Military and Wild West camp at North Goodman street and Fernwood heights.
Two performances Monday, at 2:15 and 8:15
Buffalo Bill “in the saddle,” at 2:15 and 8:15.
Military and Frontier Day parade at 10:30 Monday. Route, Goodman street to Main street east, to Plymouth avenue north, to Church street, to Portland avenue to Bay street, and return to grounds.
Downtown ticket office at Chapman’s music store, No. 63 State street.
“There is a fascination about a Wild West show in Sunday quarters that even the circus does not possess, and this year the interest is accentuated by the fact that Buffalo Bill himself is with the show. The old scout and Indian fighter, it is announced, has a special tent near the entrance to the dressing tent of his show and this is always the center of interest to the Sunday crowds.
The announcement is made that the horse tents, the Indian village and the military camp will be open for public inspection to-day. The 101 Ranch has always been noted for the wildness of its broncos; the Indian village houses scores of Sioux and other Far Western Indians under the leadership of Chief Flying Hawk, successor to Chief Iron Tail as head of the Sioux nation; and Uncle Sam’s “boys in khaki” are said to represent the very pick of the army. All these are always in evidence Sundays.
There are, however. other interesting personalities to attract the attraction of the Sunday crowd. The cowgirls, always so attractive feature of a Wild West show, don their best bibs and tuckers for Sunday inspection; the cowboys wear their highest heeled boots and their fuzziest “chaps” for the delectation of the crowd on “arrival day;” the Mexicans look a little swarthier and slightly more villainsque the usual in their best sombreros; and the old scouts and long-haired plainsmen swap stories for the education of the gaping crowd with a seat that seems to bare an especial adaptability for Sunday’s free scenes of entertaining novelty on the “set.”
This year, in addition to the big congress of cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, Mexicans and border and ranch people, there is a large number of interesting people from far lands. There is a troop of Arabs, the fighting, dancing, whirling-dervish kind; a company of Japanese, who make a natty appearance in their uniforms of the Mikado’s cavalry service; a detachment of the Czar’s Siberian Cossacks, and other foreign contingents, and all these interesting people, it is announced, are most effective, especially in the military “Preparedness” pageant, which is this year’s biggest feature.
The fact that probably for the first time in history of the United States the War Department not only has lent soldiers from the regular army for exhibitional purposes with a tent show, but also has introduced a recruiting tent with the show,, are things for the Sunday crowd .
There will be two performances in Rochester, and they will take place at 2:15 and 8:15 to-morrow. Prior to the opening performance there will be a characteristic and picturesque military and Wild West parade, which Buffalo Bill will lead. It will leave the grounds at 10:30 o’clock. Seats will be on sale downtown Monday at Chapman’s music store.