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A screen shot from 'Buffalo Bill's wild west parade.'

Buffalo Bill's Wild West parade in New York in 1902

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Buffalo Bill in Show Business
After his trip to New York, Buffalo Bill went home to Nebraska but decided to try his hand at show business. Ned Buntline adapted the play and together they produced the show, The Scouts of the Plains. Although some critics thought the show was ridiculous, Buffalo Bill was praised because his acting was based on genuine experience. The following year Buffalo Bill organized his own troop of players, called the Buffalo Bill Combination. In 1883, he came up with the idea for the Wild West show. It was an outdoor spectacle designed to educate and entertain. When Buffalo Bill's Wild West show came to town, it was a big deal. There would be a parade, like the one in this film, which included cowboys, Indians, soldiers on horseback, and horse-drawn carriages.
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VIDEO CREDIT: "Buffalo Bill's wild west parade." American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; July 2, 1902. The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1897-1906, Library of Congress.