100 years ago Buffalo Bill and his "Wild West" show performed in Moravia
This Saturday marks one hundred years since William Frederick Cody - more famously known as Buffalo Bill - first visited Moravia with his famous "Wild West" touring extravaganza. In his day the show, which featured numerous performers enacting scenes from the American wilderness, made Cody one of the most recognisable men on Earth, and even now the legacy of the famous rider, army scout, and trapper continues to attract countless fans. The Znojmo region in the Czech Republic even boasts a "Buffalo Bill Museum" opened last year on a ranch there known as "City of Rolftown", founded by the late Rudolf Stanek, sr.
In honour of Buffalo Bill's last European tour 100 years ago, the site recently performed homage to the Wild West. Speaking to Radio Prague Rudolf Stanek, jr described what was on view:
"Of course, we couldn't have anywhere near as many riders as Bill originally had, but we did get a few people dressed up as cowboys and Indians to show what Buffalo Bill's arrival on horseback must have been like. There were demonstrations of stunts and weapons from the Wild West. Buffalo Bill was played by performer Zdenek Gatak, world champion in western-style shooting, who has - for years had a dedicated interest in the Wild West, especially in Buffalo Bill."