In the final chapter of a legend, a vision came.

It was a view, in one direction the high peaks of Colorado’s Front Range and in another the sprawling plains where a buffalo hunter made his name.

On his death bed in 1917, the story goes, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody dreamed of Lookout Mountain above Golden, west of Denver. This was where he wished to be buried.

Visitors can pay their respects at the mountaintop grave, which is accompanied by the Buffalo Bill Museum along a high, ascending road from town. Golden is proud to be the man’s resting place. Proud to represent the Old West that Buffalo Bill knew.

“Howdy folks!” reads the arch above Washington Avenue downtown. “Welcome to Golden, where the West lives.”

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