Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show was a frequent visitor to the Inland Empire – San Bernardino Sun

Buffalo Bill — William F. Cody — brought his famous Wild West Show to the Inland Empire at least five times. And he arrived here with some luxury for himself.

Cody — the icon of the Old West, which had almost disappeared by then — brought his show to performances in San Bernardino (1902, 1908, 1910, 1915), Riverside (1910), and Pomona (1914). They include “Russian Cossacks, Bedouin Arabs, American Cowboys, Indians, Western Girls” and “The Horses of the World, led by Colonel WF Cody,” as advertised in the Sun newspaper on September 26, 1902. Often included “warriors”.

For a quarter to $ 1 ticket, spectators can be entertained by events and animals that are rarely seen locally, with Cody as the moderator. The two 1910 shows at San Bernardino claimed to be his final appearance, but not, with an estimated total of 17,000 spectators.

Cody created the Wild West Show in the early 1880s and took him to Europe on a regular basis to make it very popular. One historian said Cody may have been Europe’s most famous American in the 1890s for his tour show.

It wasn’t always easy. On October 17, 1908, heavy rain struck Ally and did what he could to ruin the Buffalo Bill program. The afternoon show in the San Bernardino tent, which was very muddy, went as planned, but the evening performance was cancelled. “Horse riding on a Broncho breaker, etc., sometimes knelt in the mud and sank,” the Sun newspaper reported the next day.

Advertisement for the September 25, 1902 Buffalo Bill show in the San Bernardino Evening Transcript. (courtesy)

His last trip here took place in 1915 in combination with a small Wild West troupe and the Sell’s Float Circus on tour. Cody is still a star and seems to have enjoyed his stay in San Bernardino. He spoke to the Pioneer Association on April 10 and took 60 members of his tour company for a picnic and bathing at Urbita Springs Park two days later.

“There are some conveniences that the Colonel is experiencing right now,” said the Sun on April 10. He had a private car, a special chef, a clerk and a masseuse.

68-year-old Cody said, “Why should I not have them?” He said he had a rugged life. “I want convenience!”

Cody died in Denver less than two years after his last appearance in his hometown.

Memorial ceremony

Dennis and Joan Casebie, founders of the Mojave Desert Heritage Cultural Association, dedicated to supporting and preserving the history of the Mojave Desert, will be at the group’s annual Mojave Velvet Rendezvous, which will take place October 7-10. It is memorized in the memorial service of.

Joan died in 2018 and Dennis died earlier this year.

Casebiers was the founder of MDHCA in the former Route 66 settlement of Goffs, about 40 miles west of Needles. They bought a degraded Goffs school building and later lived there. This place evolved into a vast museum a few years later.

For the first time, the group’s 42nd Annual Rendezvous will allow non-members who wish to honor Casebiers to attend. Events include workshops, factory demonstrations, field trips, silent auctions, raffles and presentations. Non-member registration is $ 10. Casebiers service will be available on October 9th at 3:00 pm. To confirm your attendance, please send an email to MDHCA.goffs@gmail.com.

Historical event

• On Saturday, October 2, the San Bernardino County Museum and the Old Santa Fe Trail Association will host a special event in Colton to celebrate the legacy of the Old Spanish Trail.

A program to explain the history of the trail will take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Aguamansa Cemetery on Aguamansa Road in 2001. The trail from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the San Gabriel Mission was moved by a group of settlers who settled in Aguamansa, the first community in western San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The devastating flood of the Santa Ana River in January 1862 destroyed the rest of the community, leaving only the Aguamansa cemetery alive.

• Also on October 2nd, Joshua Tree’s Copper Mountain College will host a family-friendly event, Archaeopalooza, as part of Archeology Month, which encourages adults and children to learn archeology.

A free event by the Joshua Tree National Park Desert Institute, held from 9 am to 2 pm, demonstrates, movies, pottery making, stone age tool making, desert planning foraging, children’s games and activities It is included. The university is located on Joshua Tree’s 6162 Rotary Way.

information: www.joshuatree.org Or 760-819-4714.

Joe Blackstock writes about the history of the Inland Empire. He can be contacted at joe.blackstock@gmail.com or Twitter @ JoeBlackstock. Check out some of the past columns on Facebook’s Inland Empire Stories at www.facebook.com/IEHistory.

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