Golden, Colorado: Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum

Colorado paid the widow of Buffalo Bill $10,000 to bury him the top of a mountain as a tourist attraction. Cody, Wyoming, claims that the corpse in this grave is someone else, after it switched the bodies in the morgue.
Address:
Lariat Loop Rd, Golden, CO
Directions:
Less than 30 minutes from downtown Denver on Lookout Mountain. Take I-70 west to exit 256 (marked Buffalo Bill Grave), then follow the signs. Or take 6th Avenue West to Golden and turn left onto the Lariat Trail (19th Street). Follow the scenic winding road to the top of the mountain.
Hours:
Museum - May-Oct daily 9 am - 5 pm, Nov-Apr Tu-Su 9 am - 4 pm. Grave - daily, closes at dusk.
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Buffalo Bill Museum.

Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum

Excellent museum, and there are photo cutouts for children's photos.

[Joe Kleinsmith, 06/21/2017]

The switchback bicycle nightmare...

Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum

Drove up the numerous switchbacks, dodging dozens of suicidal bicyclists who, besides deer, are the biggest hazard. Watch. For. Bicyclists! On a clear day the view is tremendous.

[Skyler1967, 07/08/2010]

Oh yes, we love that narrow, serpentine road to the top and back down, with switchbacks and steep drop-offs. We did it in a bruiser of a rented RV that was brake-challenged and stalled at all the wrong moments...

Roping practice.

Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum

Ropin' practice and Buffalo Bill's grave.

[Rockin p, 02/09/2010]

In the museum, kids can don cowboy duds and try their roping skills riding a legless-for-safety horse (and not a bad photo op).

Annie Oakley photo op cutout.

Buffalo Bill Grave Photo Op

My husband Jim, taken at Buffalo Bill Cody's Grave site and Museum on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO.

[Dawn Swingle, 01/19/2008]

Nice photo op cut-out. And it takes a confident man to pose on the frontier in Annie Oakley's duds.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave sign.

Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum

At the top of Lookout Mountain is the site for the Buffalo Bill Museum and his gravesite. The road leading up the mountain is part of the Colorado "Lariat Loop" scenic roadway.

[Dom Chang, 04/01/2007]

When William F. Cody unexpectedly died in Colorado in 1917, the state -- which wanted his grave as a tourist attraction -- paid his widow $10,000 for the body. Cody, Wyoming, was furious. According to legend, townspeople from Cody immediately traveled to Colorado, secretly switched the body with a lookalike, then spread rumors that someone was planning to do the exact same thing. Colorado hastily buried the wrong body under 20 tons of concrete and steel, never suspecting that it had been duped. Cody buried its namesake in a secret spot -- so Colorado still has the only Buffalo Bill grave that tourists can visit.

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