COLORADO: Civic Asset

Kids in Colorado and Wyoming listened with only half an ear to milksops like the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet. Their elders seemed bemused too. For the Rockies were rumbling with argument again—over the late, grandiloquently great William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

It was not the first time. The U.S. had produced few better-known heroes—and almost none so artificially contrived. Cody was an Indian scout and buffalo hunter in his youth, but the rest of the "Buffalo Bill" legend sprang straight from the brain of a raffish scribbler known as Ned...

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