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Bronze Statue of Buffalo Bill at Dennistoun Village
A bronze statue of Buffalo Bill was officially unveiled by Glasgow Springburn MSP Paul Martin on Friday 17th November 2006 in Dennistoun Village. The installation was commissioned by Regency Homes to mark their new development off Whitehill Street and to commemorate Buffalo Bill's Wild West show that opened there 115 years ago.
Colonel William F Cody (Buffalo Bill) brought his Wild West Show to Dennistoun in October 1891. The show opened on the 16th of November, and closed on the 27th of February 1892. He was accompanied by Sioux Braves and sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The show played at the East End Exhibition Building off Duke Street for three months as part of the great East End Industrial Exhibition set up to raise funds for the People's Palace. The Ghost Shirt, worn by a Sioux Indian at the Battle of Wounded Knee, was sold by the Lakota interpreter of his show George C. Crager and displayed in Glasgow museums for over 100 years. It was finally returned home to the South Dakota museum in Pierre until the Lakota people have their own museum. The Ghost Shirt was seen for the last time in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery on July 25 1999.
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