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Buffalo Slept Here: 1942

Buffalo Slept Here: 1942

May 1942. "North Platte, Nebraska. Tourist cabins." Yes, it's the Original Buffalo Bill Cody Camp. Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody considered North Platte, Nebraska, his hometown. North Platte residents basked in Cody's reflected glory during his lengthy career as a showman.

https://history.nebraska.gov/publications/buffalo-bill-north-platte#:~:t....

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It's the official portrait of said Old West American hero, posted prominently at the point of ingress, that lends the whole place that irreplaceable air of ... ahem ... authenticity.

The Office

I have seen bigger ticket booths at a county fair. Other than taking your cash, what business could be transacted in that tight space, especially during a very hot NB summer or icy cold winter?

Hard pass.

Cabin #4 had Wild Bill's personal throne!

This was one of those places the kids went nuts over because of the look. Not so much the parents. I reckon being in the office after dark got a little lonely and a bit creepy ... but you did have the phone! "Private Shower" (water is extra).

*The* Original (BEWARE of imitations)

You just might end up with a group shower (or maybe a hose and bucket). Formerly at 1301 W. 12th (U.S.30) but now a vacant lot. Which admittedly isn't much of a comedown. One notes - unlike later versions - there is no provision for modifying the "Vacancy" sign: did they have a separate one with both words or just take it down when they were full, and leave you to wonder?? Or maybe there were always vacancies ... We'll ever be wondering.

Not Green River

Evidently the original, as opposed to Ol' Cody Junior's camp that was in Winters, CA, described in John Fogerty's song Green River:

Up at Cody's camp I spent my days, Lord
With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers
Old Cody Junior took me over
Said, "You're gonna find the world is smoldering
And if you get lost, come on home to Green River"

According to John Fogerty in this interview, Cody Junior was a descendent of Buffalo Bill Cody.

Do what now?

Oh. Misread as "VAGRANCY"

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