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.Use our North Platte holiday maker to visit Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park on your trip to North Platte, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park reviews
Really exceptional. Love the history. Staff were very Courteous and informative. Loved the home, one you could live in today. more »
Besides the interesting history and tour of the house and barns, it was such a pleasant setting to spent some time off the road during a multi day journey. Small world, also bumped into people who... 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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