The Cowboy Hall of Fame is in Oklahoma City, OK. The statue is of Buffalo Bill. He was never a cowboy, but he had a very successful career playing a cowboy in shows throughout the United States and Western Europe in the late 19th century, when cattle drives, cowboys, and Indians had largely disappeared. What do you expect to find inside?
William F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill" (1846-1917) was the youngest
and most daring pony express rider.
Killing Buffalo. About 60 million buffalo roamed the Great Plains before Europeans arrived. Within the first 2 years of the coming of the railroad in the 1870s, 3 million buffalo were killed on the northern Great Plains by white "buffalo hunters" who sold the bones for fertilizer, hooves for glue, horns for buttons, and hides for leather in eastern cities. The buffalo herds in the southern Great Plains were destroyed within one year! The U.S. government even provided some of the "buffalo hunters" with free ammunition. Without their principal source of food -- the buffalo -- the Great Plains Indian nations were forced onto reservations by 1874 and fed rations by the U.S. government. [Source: PBS, The West, September 1996.]