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Portrayal of Buffalo Bill at Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Jan. 11

A photo of the actual Buffalo Bill Cody.
Courtesy of DenverRealEstateWatch.com
Gene Johnson, a real-life descendant of Daniel Boone, will portray William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody at the monthly gathering of the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Monday, Jan. 11.
       The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Colorado Springs Masonic Hall 1130 Panorama Drive.
       Admission is $17, which includes a casual, buffet style dinner before the presentation. Reservations are requested in advance at 473-0330 or posse@dewittenterprises.com.
       Although Cody's lifetime had a national scope, he lived part of his life in Colorado and died in Denver. Johnson will focus in his Posse talk “on his [Cody's] time in Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region,” a press release states.
       Overall, Cody “was one of the most significant figures in the opening and settling of the American frontier,” the release continues. “His legacy of courage and right action still serves as an example today.”
       His adventurous career started at age 11, when he worked as a teamster; by age 14 he was a Pony Express rider. He later fought in the Civil War and Indian Wars, earned the nickname "Buffalo Bill" by supplying buffalo meat to railroad workers and founded a “Wild West” show.
       "Gene Johnson is a ninth-generation descendant of frontiersman Daniel Boone, verified by Ancestry.com,” the press release states. “Gene was born in the Daniel Boone National Forest in central Kentucky. He grew up as a hunter, fisherman, falconer and naturalist/ornithologist.”
       Over the years, he has studied jewelry design, falconry equipment-making and knife-making, and his artwork has been exhibited at Arati Artists Gallery in Old Colorado City, the release notes.
       The Posse is a nonprofit organization, formed in 1976, consisting of people who research western history. New members are welcome.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 12/31/15; Community: Groups/Clubs)

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