Buffalo Bill Museum Endowment


William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was born in LeClaire Township, Iowa, on February 26, 1846. He became a remarkable Pony Express rider, Civil War Scout, Marksman and an International star.

In an effort to honor Buffalo Bill’s accomplishments and preserve history, the LeClaire Women’s Club established the Buffalo Bill Museum in June 1957. The creation of this museum was a part of a community improvement program sponsored by the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs and Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Buffalo Bill wasn’t the only legend that was born in LeClaire. Other famous sons of LeClaire that have been included in the Museum are Dr. James Ryan, inventor of the Flight Data Recorder “Black Box”, and James Buchanan Eads, engineer and designer of the Eads’ bridge in St. Louis, Missouri. The Museum also displays the Lone Star Steamer and information about Riverboat pilots, the Sauk and Fox Indian Tribes, Pioneer life and much more.

An array of volunteers, a Board of Directors and a curator run the Buffalo Bill Museum, which operates on donations, memberships and admissions. The Buffalo Bill Museum Fund provides annual support to the organization and helps maintain their mission in perpetuity.

For more information, call (563)289-5580 or visit www.buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com.

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