Golden, CO & The Buffalo Bill Museum

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A visit half an hour west of Denver to Golden, Colorado made me so happy I opted for a rental car, even if my mountain driving skills are not the best.

I originally ventured to Golden to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountain.  I’ll admit that my knowledge of Buffalo Bill Cody was minimal at best, but it seemed like a “western-y” thing to do, and I did have that rental car!

The drive from Denver to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave was worth the trip.  I even had to stop a few times on the way for pictures of the stunning scenery.

~Lookout Mountain~

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

I also learned a little about mountains, like how there can be snow even if it’s kinda warmish.

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

How does that even happen?

Lookout Mountian in Colorado

After pondering that age old question for a while, I had to make it to the Buffalo Bill Museum before closing time.

~The Buffalo Bill Museum~

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

The museum is small and quirky, the best kind of museum!  After seeing the facade, I was expecting a room full of giant plastic buffalo and cardboard standee photo-ops… which would be great, but I actually found a well curated and informative museum, which is sometimes better.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

The museum did it’s job, and I left knowing a lot more about Buffalo Bill than I did walking in.  Turns out he’s a way more fascinating character than I gave him credit for.  Here are some fun facts I learned about Buffalo Bill at the museum.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Buffalo Bill grew up in a progressive pro-equality family.  His father was actually stabbed for speaking out against slavery in 1854

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • By the time Buffalo Bill turned 20, he had earned his nickname as a Buffalo hunter for the Kansas Pacific Railroad, joined the pony express, fought for the Union army in the Civil War, and worked as a scout for the US Army during the Indian Wars.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Having experienced the American “Wild West” first hand, and seeing that it was rapidly disappearing, Buffalo Bill started his Wild West shows to help keep the culture alive.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show employed expert horsemen, sharp shooters (including Annie Oakley), and Native Americans.
  • Buffalo Bill transitioned from a scout during the Indian Wars, to a major advocate for Native American rights and cultural preservation.
  • Buffalo Bill was also an early advocate for women’s rights and hired Annie Oakley, even though it was a rather unpopular choice amongst the male members of the cast

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Buffalo Bill made quite a name for himself here in the states, attracting the attention of several celebrities of the day, including Mark Twain, who had the brilliant idea to take the show abroad!

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Of course, things went well across the pond and Buffalo Bill was the toast of the town, meeting with most of London’s elite and even encouraging the first time the British Monarchy ever acknowledged the American Flag.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Buffalo Bill was touring his show and away from home quite a bit.  This put a lot of strain on his marriage and he eventually divorced his wife.  Later on, his children parent trapped them into getting back together.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • Buffalo Bill was baptized when he found out he was dying because he wanted to die a Catholic.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

  • After Buffalo Bill’s death in Denver, his wife, Louisa, insisted that his last wishes were to be buried on Lookout Mountain.  The citizens of Cody, Wyoming (his namesake), thought that he should be buried in their town and that his wife was being paid off by the city for what would bring in lots of tourism money.  Most people seem to be in agreement that those were in fact his wishes, but this quote seems rather forced… just sayin’.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Of course the museum is full of actual artifacts as well.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

The most impressive thing in the whole museum though is the hand written invitation to tea with Oscar Wilde.  That’s the stuff dreams are made of!

Invitation to tea from Oscar Wilde to Buffalo Bill Cody at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

The second most impressive thing at the museum was a tie between this awesome lamp and a weird cast of Buffalo Bill’s hand “shortly before his death”.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

And obviously they had to have a few cheesy photo ops,

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

and a few things they didn’t want to turn into cheesy photo ops.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

After a journey through the Buffalo Bill Museum, guests are invited to express their impressions, which seem to mostly be about buffalo.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

~The Grave~

Whether Buffalo Bill actually said it or not, he wasn’t wrong about his final view.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountian in Golden, CO

~The City of Golden~

Golden, CO

The town of Golden, CO is adorable.  They had me at “howdy folks!”

Coor Brewery in Golden, CO

Golden is probably best known as the home of the Coors Brewery, but since I had BruFrou tickets and Coors moderately terrible I decided to skip it.  How is a place with so many great beers also home to Coors?  Just a thought.

Golden, CO

Golden, CO was not without drink options however, they did have this bar that spoke my language.

Golden, CO

I also visited Golden City Brewery, which had some great non-Coors offerings.

Golden City Brewery in Golden, CO

Golden City Brewery in Golden, CO

They also offered a Molly Brown Ale, which is the basis by which I judge all Denver area breweries.

Golden City Brewery in Golden, CO

Dinner in Golden, CO was one of my favorites from the entire trip.  I found the Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center.  The interior of the Sherpa House is decorated like a traditional Sherpa house in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal and they serve amazing Himalayan food (my first time trying it!).

The Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center in Golden, CO

The Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center in Golden, CO

The Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center in Golden, CO

While Denver proper is amazing, I definitely recommend renting a car and getting out of the city.  Golden is amazing, as was the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, and it’s hard to resist getting up in those mountains!

Lookout Mountain, CO

13 thoughts on “Golden, CO & The Buffalo Bill Museum

  1. Golden is my little bit of heaven, though it’s changed somewhat over the years. Dinosaurs, an iconic outdoor amphitheatre at Red Rocks (really in Morrison), gold panning in Cripple Creek, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and skiing. And the pair of Table Mountains keep it so there will always be that bit of separation from Denver. Did you get to the CSM geology museum?

    Regarding the Coors, they were in Golden long before the microbreweries, though those have now become a big draw. It’s a quirky town that boasts the oldest stone hotel west of the Mississippi, the world’s largest cobblestone building and largest tapestry.
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  2. I love the view of the mountains and these hearts in the tree look just too cute! I’ve never heard of the Buffalo Bill museum but it surely sounds interesting and like a place I’d like to visit!
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  3. I had no idea he was an actor! I love that he took his show across the seas! Thanks for yet again finding these quirky, yet interesting facts for me to ponder, I’m still floored by that Denver Airport piece!
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  4. Golden sounds like a charming little town.
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  5. Haha! Love those comments written by kids! So honest and straight to the point! Didn’t know he was an actor either!
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  6. The food at Sherpa House looks delicious! I love Nepali food and this meal looks quite authentic.

  7. Noted to definitely rent a car, sounds like that was a really smart move. I love the flexibility it gives to get out of the main city center and find quirky attractions like this. Found your post fascinating, because I’ve heard of Buffalo Bill, though I actually knew literally nothing about him. So you learn something new every day!!

    Love small and quirky museums like this, and gotta love the cheesy tourist shots 🙂 Thanks for the facts and the tips!

  8. I haven’t been to Colorado since I was a kid, but I’m really dying to get back. Such wonderful hiking! Loves the photos.
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  9. I am so excited! I will actually be visiting Denver, Colorado soon in a few weeks. I will be taking a road trip in Colorado and Utah with my friends. I’ve been wanting to visit Colorado since I know they have a lot of beautiful sceneries. Anyway I never knew so much about Buffalo Bill, other than his name. It’s so interesting to learn more about him. I just might stop by this museum if time permits.
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  10. Sounds like a great day trip! I never knew so much about Buffalo Bill before either! Cool little place 🙂
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  11. I really need to take a trip out to Golden. Might have to do that either this week or next. The museum looks amazing. I love how many cute little museum are hidden around the country.
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  12. I love the comment about the kids “parent trapped’ them back into getting together! This is a pretty great review of Buffalo Bill! i will admit i did not know most of those things about him!

  13. I had no idea that Buffalo Bill and his family were for women’s right and ending slavery. That is pure awesome right there! Looks like this was a great trip to not only see a part of the US you hadn’t before, but also a little history lesson to boot.
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