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"Buffalo Bill was a product of the American West. He hunted buffalo, scouted for the Army, fought Indians, birthed his internationally successful Wild West show, and was buried on a hilltop overlooking his revered West. Today, the footprints and heritage of America's quintessential Plainsman loom large. In The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill, Jeff Barnes leads modern-day adventurers to every one of the way stations, battlefields, ranches, and arenas that shaped or figured in Cody's life. Plain enough, Buffalo Bill's legacy lives on, and chasing his shadows with this book will prove a wild but instantly pleasurable jaunt through a timeless Old West." (Paul Hedren, author of First Scalp for Custer 2014-01-01)

"Independent historian Jeff Barnes acts as tour guide, docent, and storyteller throughout the volume, keeping his prose lively with an eclectic mix of history and myth...Whether recounting the legends of Buffalo Bill or debunking them, this guide offers a sensible and entertaining approach to discovering Great Plains history." (Kansas History magazine 2014-09-01)

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Jeff Barnes lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and is an independent historian, former newspaper editor, trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, and past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame commission.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811712931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811712934
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill Anderson TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 21, 2014
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This 240 page historical travel guide is an outstanding travel guide as well as an interesting history of Buffalo Bill's life.

I bought this book so I could travel to as many sites frequented by Wm. F. Cody as possible in as short a time as I can.

Before I forget, what got me interested in historical travel was a great book, First Scalp for Custer by Paul Hedren. That is another nice point with this tome...the author acknowledges help and a great friendship with Paul Hedren following assistance freely given by his new friend. Nice touch by Jeff Barnes.

I would give 7 stars to The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill: Forts, Figts, & Other Sites, as this is absolutely a must-have for any traveler wanting to visit haunts of America's first superstar showman.
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"The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill" is an excellent, well researched, and well written, book that tells the fascinating life of Buffalo Bill Cody. In addition to learning about Cody himself you'll read real stories about the world he inhabited, and even how you can walk in his footsteps by visiting many of the still extant sites of his greatest achievements.

The book is nicely laid out and follows along with Cody's life from his boyhood in Iowa and Kansas to his later more famous stints as a hunter, scout, cattle rancher, and eventually world famous entertainer. You'll learn not only about Cody's own adventures but the other great figures in western lore he came in contact with like George Custer, Sitting Bull, Kit Carson and even that "other Bill" his friend "Wild" Bill Hickock.

This is the third book by Jeff Barnes that I've read and he always does an excellent job of providing solid facts about his subject. In this book Barnes has gone out of his way to separate the truths about Cody from the many myths and dime novel serializations that helped create his legend. Cody fans will find not only the more famous, or perhaps infamous, stories here, like the fight with the Indian Warrior known as Yellow Hair, but will probably discover an anecdote or two that they didn't know like the whole story behind the founding of the town of Cody, Wyoming, the creation of Cody's famous touring show, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West," and even the stormy relationship between Cody and his wife.

Highly recommended! I've already bought two more and mailed them to friends as gifts. Like all of Jeff Barnes' similar books you can really sense the author's own interest in the subject.
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This is the third Great Plains guidebook I have added to my collection written by Jeff Barnes. As is the case with Forts of the Northern Plains and the Custer book, Barnes has done all the research and traveled all the necessary miles to write a detailed, informative and entertaining book. Kudos to the book designer as well. This is lavishly illustrated with historic photos, maps and art portraying the scout and showman's life. I opened the book just to take a quick look and was immediately sucked in. A half hour later, I was still reading.
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