What Happened to the Scalp that “Buffalo Bill” Cody Took from Cheyenne Warrior Yellow Hair at Warbonnet Creek in 1876?

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What happened to the scalp that “Buffalo Bill” Cody took from Cheyenne warrior Yellow Hair at Warbonnet Creek in 1876?

Richard Hill
Santa Rosa, California

The day after the July 18 fight, “Buffalo Bill” Cody sent the scalp and Yellow Hair’s quirt and weapons to his friend Moses Kerngood in Rochester, New York, who displayed them in his cigar store. Eventually, the scalp made its way to the Buffalo Bill Museum in
Cody, Wyoming.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.