The modern day rodeo started right here in North Platte, Nebraska, the home of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. He was asked to do something special for the July 4, 1882 celebration. He decided to bring in cowboys to show what they actually did on the range: roping, bucking broncos, steer and bull riding, etc. He later developed this further into what was to become his Wild West Show.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show opened in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1883 and continued until July 21, 1913, 30 years.
He had this house built for him in 1886 as a place to relax between show tours, and a place to retire.
He called it Scott’s Rest Ranch
Alliance NE to North Platte NE 197.4 miles
3 hours 55 minutes