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Photo of bareback bronc riding at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo
Bareback bronc riding action at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo

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Nebraskaland Days
A Local Legacy

The man in the photo is about to be thrown off his horse. He is trying very hard to stay on a bucking bronc -- a horse that hasn't been "broken," or made suitable for riding. Bareback bronc riding is an event at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo during a celebration of Nebraskan culture called Nebraskaland Days in North Platte. The idea for the Buffalo Bill Rodeo came from the man himself, Buffalo Bill.

Buffalo Bill was born William Frederick Cody in Iowa in 1846. He became famous for his adventures as a scout and hunter in the West. On the Fourth of July in 1882, Buffalo Bill held an "Old Glory Blowout" in North Platte, Nebraska. It included buffalo riding, bucking bronc riding, steer roping, and horse racing. The town of North Platte claims it as the first rodeo ever held. The show also had a buffalo hunt and events in which people re-enacted, or demonstrated, battles. The "Old Glory Blowout" was such a success that Buffalo Bill took the show, known as "Buffalo Bill's Wild West," on the road throughout the United States and even to Europe. The Wild West show made him world famous, and he toured with it until 1916. Today, the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and Nebraskaland Days is the modern-day version of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.

You can read more about Buffalo Bill in the "Amazing Americans" section of this Web site.

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