Buffalo Bill was certainly one of the most unusual characters ever produced by the American West. He was born in Scott County, Iowa in 1846 with an apparently unquenchable thirst for adventure, and a remarkable flair for showmanship. He served as a frontier scout during the Civil War, and later during the Indian Wars. In 1873 he began an acting career in Ned Buntline's play, The Scouts of the Plains. A decade later he toured the United States and Europe for many years. Later in life, his entrepreneurial spirit led him in many other directions, including a newspaper and sanatorium in Duluth which were managed by his sister, the author of this work, and development projects of the West. He also took up the pen, writing an autobiography and other accounts of his exploits. He died in 1917. Although much has been written about him, this volume is apparently the first biography, and, being written by his sister, it is perhaps the most reliable. Reprinted from the first edition.
Helen Cody Wetmore