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Charlie Norton’s Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture, Oakley Kansas
The Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art because it is a monumental work of art meticulously created by Kansan sculptor Charlie Norton and his wife Pat and is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
The sculpture memorializes a legendary event that took place in Logan County in 1868 whereby William F. Cody won the title of “Buffalo Bill.” This event therefore made Logan County, Kansas “The Birthplace of the Legend, Buffalo Bill.”
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
The magnificently executed Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture on U.S. 83 at Oakley consists of Buffalo Bill Cody on his favorite buffalo running horse, Brigham with his buffalo rifle, Lucretia taking aim at a buffalo as they both race across the prairie. This monumental bronze is greater than two times life-sized and weighs over 9,000 pounds.The Monumental Buffalo Bill Sculpture is historically correct in every detail from the Springfield Rifle that he used, to the saddle that he is riding and the handgun at his side. Buffalo Bill’s horse Brigham was a mustang that originated in the desert of Utah. For authenticity Charlie used a mustang from a reservation in nearby Arizona for his model.
The buffalo in the sculpture is a large bull without peer. It is accurate in every detail as Charlie is intimately familiar with the buffalo as he has made them a lifetime study. Charlie has also helped harvest and butcher innumerable buffalo as Buffalo Bill and his crew did out on the plains.