Tuesday, June 5, 2012

That's Quite a Tower, Eiffel! - La Deuxième Partie

As I continued listening to this fascinating book, I began to hear about those who would participate in the Paris Exhibition of 1889. Two of those were William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Phoebe Ann Moses, also known as Annie Oakley, a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

My sister lives in Cody, Wyoming, the city named after Buffalo Bill. Having been to see her and visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, I was quite fascinated to learn about him taking his Wild West Show to the Paris Exhibition. 

Buffalo Bill Cody

His show played for packed audiences throughout the exposition. 


In 1895 Cody was instrumental in founding the city of Cody, Wyoming. In 1902 he opened the Irma Hotel, named after his daughter. 

Irma Hotel as it once was

I have eaten at the Irma Hotel though, sadly, not as it was in bygone days.  Wouldn't it have been fun to see Buffalo Bill come walking it?

Irma Hotel today

Annie Oakley was a childhood heroine of mine. I remember dressing up as her one Halloween.

Annie Oakley

She began trapping, shooting and hunting to support her family. She sold game that she had caught. She met her husband, Frank Butler, when she beat him in a shooting match. She was 5' tall and 15 years old.

Annie and Frank toured with the Wild West Show until 1901, when she was badly injured in a train accident.

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley set shooting records into her 60s. She died in 1926. Her husband stopped eating, and 18 days later he died.


Among the other notable people talked about in Eiffel's Tower are Thomas Edison, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. It was a truly fascinating  book.

If anyone decides to do some target practice, Giraffe #61 can get out of the way. He can bounce!


  1. Wow! I love the "history" stories you include with your topics. I never knew all that about Annie Oakley!

    Another Great Post!!!

    1. Eiffel's Tower was a fascinating book. And Annie Oakley was quite a woman.