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Authentic Old West experiences in Denver


Find authentic western food at the Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant.


Historic photo of Buffalo Bill Cody and a group of Native Americans.


Denver may no longer be a cow town, but there are still plenty of cowboy relat- ed activities to fill your days and nights. One of the most famous cowboys ever to put on a pair of stirrups, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody epitomized the Old West. After leaving his boyhood home in Leavenworth, Kan. at age 11, he went on to become a cattle herder, worked on a wagon train, mined for gold, rode in the Pony Express, scouted for the Army, and travelled the world with the Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows. Upon his request he


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Black American West Museum.


was buried atop Lookout Mountain in 1917. Te Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave opened in 1921 and offers a look into life in the Old West, with exhibits on Buffalo Bill's life, the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts including Sitting Bull's bows and arrows, western art and firearms. Te Buckhorn Exchange, Denver's oldest restaurant, is rich in Colorado his- tory and serves up a unique menu of wild game and steak in a rustic, elegant atmo- sphere. Te menu features steak, buffalo and elk.


For decades, Hollywood westerns depicted a Wild West that was popu- lated almost entirely by Caucasians. Te Black American West Museum puts this myth to rest permanently by highlighting the prominent role Af- rican Americans played in the settle- ment of Colorado as miners, soldiers, homesteaders, schoolteachers, ranchers, blacksmiths, cowboys and lawmen. Tis fascinating museum, located in the for- mer home of Colorado's first African American woman doctor, tells the story


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Photo by Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and Visit Denver.


Photo by Steve Crecelius and Visit Denver.


Photo by Visit Denver.


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