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6:30-8:30PM Eating, Drinking, and Railroading with Buffalo Bill

Colorado Railroad Museum Rails & Cocktails: Eating, Drinking, and Railroading with Buffalo Bill


Steve Friesen has published four books and numerous articles about American history. He retired from a 40-year museum career in 2017, after serving as director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave for 22 years, located right here in Golden. This month’s program is based upon his latest book Galloping Gourmet: Eating and Drinking with Buffalo Bill, released in December 2023.

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a hunter, frontiersman, and showman. Less well known was the fact that Cody was as comfortable eating at Delmonico’s in New York City as dining on wild game around a campfire. He dined with kings, queens, princes and presidents, as well as notables including Thomas Edison, Oscar Wilde, and James McNeill Whistler. He was even an innovator on the culinary scene, opening the first Mexican restaurant east of the Mississippi (in New York City), introducing popcorn to the European continent, and promoting American cocktails in England.

In this presentation, Friesen will showcase Buffalo Bill’s life as a gourmet, as well as the important role that the railroad played in his life. “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World” traveled throughout the U.S. during its heyday, with America’s railroads doing the job of transporting the show’s many aspects including animals, tents and more. It’s a story filled with intrigue, excitement, even a train wreck—with this presentation weaving railroading and gourmand together into a truly “Galloping Gourmet” of a program!

Admission: $20 Adults. Ages 21+ only. Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice (beer, wine or soda) and snacks. Presentation begins promptly at 7:00pm, bar opens at 6:30pm.  Tickets

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Avenue (map)

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