Buffalo Bill, Buffalo Bill,
Never Missed and Never Will
|Cody's old trail was plainly visible by the number of skeletons of buffalo that
had been killed by him.-
February 4, 1868
Correspondent, Kansas State Journal
Kirk Shapland in his award winning camp as Buffalo Bill in his 1868 Camp on
|Park had come to Cody's world as a participant in a hunt guided by Cody and a guide named Crockett near Hays
City, Kansas. In his article Park wrote of seeing large herds of elk, and abundance of beavers, as well as many
wolves on the plains of Kansas. On the way to the hunting grounds their party passed though Cody's camp and Park
wrote of the large amounts of meat drying on poles in this camp.
Reenactor Kirk Shapland has recreated this 1868 camp on Big Creek. Complete with buffalo tongues and meat hanging on poles to dry.
Kirk strives to present as true a picture of Cody as possible. Through photo's and painstaking research Kirk and his wife have recreated some of Cody's garments and the guns that Kirk uses in his presentations are all reproductions of guns that Cody was known to use.
Based on Cody's own 1879 autobiography, Kirk's presentations are as close to Bill's opinion of himself as we will ever get. With twelve years experience as a reenactor at the Fort Hays State Historic site, and with 3 years experience at Fort Larned National Park Site and as the chosen Buffalo Bill for the Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous held annually near Hayes Center, NEKirk brings a little different perspective on the years Cody spent on the plains, where he learned the skills of a true plainsman.
Kirk tells of all the aspects of the young scouts on the plains. From childhood misadventures, to the Pony Express, to buffalo hunting and scouting for the Army.
1999 3rd Place Buffalo Bill Look-alike contest at the Buckhorn Exchange, Denver CO
2000 1st Place Buffalo Bill Look-alike Contest at the Irma Hotel, Cody WY
2000 2nd place AFOWR Midwest Regional Comp- Living History Division
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