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The first three of William F. “Buffalo Bill” and Louisa Cody’s four children are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, where the Codys lived from 1873 to 1877. Kit Carson Cody (1870-76) died in Rochester during that time, while Orra Cody (1872-83) died in North Platte and Arta Cody (Boal Thorp) (1866-1904) died in Spokane, Washington. Youngest daughter Irma Cody (Stott Garlow) (1883-1918) is buried in Cody, Wyoming. North Platte-born Johnny Baker (1869-1931), Cody’s foster son, and his wife, Olive (1874-1956), also chose to be buried in the Rochester cemetery.

» LeClaire, Iowa: Buffalo Bill was born on Feb. 26, 1846, near this Mississippi River town northeast of the Iowa-Illinois “Quad Cities.” Its Buffalo Bill Museum (buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com), tells about Cody’s early life.

The log cabin where Cody was born is long gone. An 1849-53 boyhood home was bought and moved to Cody, Wyoming, by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1933. It sits in a garden at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The nearby Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead (scottcountyiowa.gov/conservation/buffalo-bill-cody-homestead), preserves a limestone farmhouse built in 1847 by Cody’s father, Isaac.

» Leavenworth, Kansas: Cody was 8 when he and his family moved to a log cabin north of Fort Leavenworth on June 10, 1854. Kansas’ oldest city has a park named for Cody and typically celebrates Buffalo Bill Days in late August.

» Rochester, New York: While touring with acting troupes in the winters and scouting back west in the summers, Cody rented a home from 1873 to 1877 for his wife, Louisa, and their first three children.

William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody had more communities than North Platte and Cody

The first three of William F. “Buffalo Bill” and Louisa Cody’s four children are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, where the Codys lived from 1873 to 1877. Kit Carson Cody (1870-76) died in Rochester during that time, while Orra Cody (1872-83) died in North Platte and Arta Cody (Boal Thorp) (1866-1904) died in Spokane, Washington. 

All three are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery: Kit (1870-76), Orra (1872-83) and Arta (Boal Thorp) (1866-1904). Also there are the ashes of Cody’s foster son Johnny Baker (1869-1931), a North Platte native and Wild West Show veteran.

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