Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte

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Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, known as Scout's Rest Ranch, is a living history state park located west of North Platte, Nebraska. The ranch was established in 1878 with an initial purchase of 160 acres south of the Union Pacific tracks by William (Buffalo Bill) Cody. The 4,000 acre ranch was sold in 1911 and has been under the management of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1964. The 25 acre historic state park, deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is open weekdays from April to October. The house and outbuildings can be toured, including a museum documenting Cody’s life from a Pony Express rider to his Wild West shows.
In 1877 Cody contacted Major Frank North, the leader of the Pawnee Scouts, who was living in Sidney, Nebraska. Cody founded the Cody-North Partnership with the North brothers to form a cattle business. North found land along the Dismal River, 65 miles north of North Platte, on which cattle could graze and a ranch could be built. Cody continued touring his “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show while North purchased cattle at the north end of the Texas cattle trail, near Ogallala, Nebraska. North hired cowboys to help operate the ranch while Cody was on tour.
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  • A fairly small Campground down a longer gravel road than we expected, though in good condition. We fortunately got the best site, right on the river. Most of the sites are near the river but without.....  more »
  • The first time we went to Buffalo Bill Ranch the house was closed for the season. It was open this time. The upstairs is an unusual layout of nine rooms. Buffalo Bill and his wife had separate...  more »
  • Was very informative and interesting. Well worth the stop. Can't wait to go back. A few hours is not long enough
  • Please update your site with the correct hours for touring the house. We drive 100 miles, trying to time a visit there because it said it opened at 8am, but we had to wait until 10am to tour the house. It added 2 more hours to our very long trip to Denver.

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