Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
Home of famed showman scout William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP at North Platte recaptures the life and career of the famed Pony Express rider, Army scout and buffalo hunter turned showman.
The house was built during the Cody's profitable venture, the Wild West Show, and money for development of the ranch and Cody's other interests was plentiful. No expense was spared in building and furnishing the ranch, and visitors will see many interesting features.
Buffalo Bill's Ranch, known as Scout's Rest, became a state historical park in 1965. Since then, the house and barn have been restored and a wealth of Cody memorabilia has been acquired and placed on display.
Buffalo Bill State Historical Park is located next door to the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area. This recreation area offers beautiful camping along the Platte River. There are 50 Amp electrical campsites and primitive sites for the tent campers. Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area is a convenient stop off of I-80 at the North Platte Interchange. The recreation area offers fishing, picnic tables, fire rings, and hiking trails. Having it located next door to the Historical Park makes it easy to tour the ranch house and barn that Col. William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody built for his home in North Platte during the heyday of his famous Wild West Show. Cody owned some 4,000 acres here, which were appropriately named Scout's Rest Ranch. The park encompasses 25 acres of the original ranch, including the house and barn.