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    Group of Six Photographs Relating to Buffalo Bill. This series includes three 2"x 5" photographs, circa 1914, showing General Hugh Lenox Scott, commander of the military district, inspecting the camps at Ft. Bliss and meeting with defeated Mexican General Salvador Mercado. Revolution in Mexico spilled into the U.S. as Pancho Villa and other leaders of rebellion clashed with government troops just south of the border. By April, 1914, there were thousands of refugees in and around El Paso. By happy coincidence, General Scott's old friend Buffalo Bill Cody was on hand which assured that photographers would capture the scene.

    Also included is a 4.5" x 6.5" photograph, circa 1908, of Cody's Irma Hotel, looking southwest. The hotel was opened in 1902, but even with its stone buildings and utility poles, Cody looks barely one step removed from the frontier. Another 2" x 4" snapshot shows Johnny and Olive Baker visiting Buffalo Bill's grave on Lookout Mountain above Denver, circa 1920. In honor of their friend, and unofficial foster father, they built the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum nearby. The sixth image, 2" x 4", circa 1922, is of Buffalo Bill's grandchildren (from left) Fred, Jane, and Bill Garlow, who lost both parents in the flu epidemic of 1918. They were adopted by an aunt upon the death of their grandmother Louisa in 1921. The two boys were soon packed off to military school in New Mexico. Within a year or two, Jane ran away and married. Here, still as young children, they pose together at the Denver home of Johnny Baker's daughter, Gladys. The camp photographs have mounting remnants at the corners, but the images are still remarkable. For more information about the Johnny Baker Archive, please click here.


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