Iowa has some surprising celebrity ties, with huge names like Johnny Carson and John Wayne being brought up here. But those roots go back even deeper, with one of the biggest figures in the American West being reared in the tiny town of Princeton. Buffalo Bill Cody was a Union soldier, scout, hunter – and most famously, a Wild West showman who helped to popularize the idea of the American cowboy with his over-the-top shows. And you can see where it all began by visiting his historic homestead in Iowa! The old limestone barn has been lovingly restored and now stands as a year-round museum filled with 19th-century artifacts. And while Cody was a feared figure among bison everywhere, today they play a very different role in the museum that bears his name. Come along with us and discover this unique museum in Iowa.

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Have you visited the Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead in Princeton? Tell us what you saw at this unique historic homestead in Iowa in the comments section! You can find out more about the exhibits and the museum’s operations on the official Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead website. Princeton is a river city, but there’s quite a drive between it and any of the neighboring cities – so make sure to bring your favorite road trip snacks.

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