Jan 11 2016
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody as portrayed by Gene Johnson presented by Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners at Masonic Grand Lodge, Colorado Springs CO

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody as portrayed by Gene Johnson

Presented by Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners at Masonic Grand Lodge

William Frederick Cody was one of the most significant figures in the opening and settling of the American frontier.  His legacy of courage and right action still serves as an example today.

Billy Cody was a teamster at age eleven, and a Pony Express rider at fourteen.  He enlisted in the Union Army toward the end of the Civil War and performed as a spy and dispatch rider accomplishing amazing feats of bravery and endurance.

The only civilian (in his lifetime) to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, he was involved in fourteen major actions (more than any soldier) in the Indian wars as a scout and tracker for the U.S. Army.

While a buffalo hunter for the Kansas Pacific Railroad during its westward extension, he supplied meat for the railroad workers with 4,280 buffalo in 18 months, earning his name of “Buffalo Bill”.

He was appointed as a congressman (without running) for the state of Nebraska and given the honorary rank of Colonel.  He became a prominent character and showman, as founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.

For the Westerners, Col. Cody will focus on his time in Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region. A tale you may not know.

Gene Johnson is a ninth-generation descendant of frontiersman Daniel Boone, verified by Ancestry.com.  Gene was born in the Daniel Boone National Forest in central Kentucky.  He grew up as a hunter, fisherman, falconer, naturalist/ornithologist.  Trained at the Ohio State University, he earned a BS in Natural Resources.  He studied Art at Wichita State U and Kent State U, majoring in Fine & Professional Art, Sculpture, Jewelry Design & Fabrication and Knife Making.  His current artwork was exhibited at Arati Artists Gallery in Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs). For over fifty years, he has produced falconry equipment, knives and artwork for falconers worldwide.

Program format is in a casual, buffet style dinner setting at a cost of $17. Reservations are suggested by Friday prior, 10 a.m.

We welcome visitors who enjoy Western history!

Admission Info

Program format is in a casual, buffet style dinner setting at a cost of $17. Reservations are suggested by Friday prior, 10 a.m.

Email: posse@dewittenterprises.com

Dates & Times

2016/01/11 - 2016/01/11

Location Info

Masonic Grand Lodge

1150 Panorama Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80904