Did Buffalo Bill REALLY ride the Pony Express? Were he and George Cluster friends or foes? And what happened to the graves of Cody’s parents…and is Buffalo Bill even buried where everyone thinks he is?
Western history author and lecturer Jeff Barnes comes to Rock Port for “The Buffalo Bill Mysteries”- chapters of Cody’s life which even today lack clear answers. The free program is on Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, 103 W. Opp St., Rock Port, MO, (Main and Opp) and is sponsored by Sorosis.
“Beginning with the mystery of where his parents are buried, there is uncertainty over his participation in the Pony Express, whether there was a contest with another Buffalo Bill to earn the name, or who owns his Medal of Honor,” said Barnes. “There is even debate over the last buffalo he shot.” Barnes will present these and other stories for Atchison County historians’ consideration and debate.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes writes and lives in Omaha. He is a board trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska. His first book. Forts of the Northern Plains, is now in its fourth printing with Stackpole Books, and his second book, The Great Plains Guide to Custer, is now in its second printing.