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The "Wild West Show Rocky Mountain and Praire Exhibition" (this was the full name) was created in 1883 by William Cody, known as Buffalo Bill, following a proposal of the writer Ned Buntline. It was a sort of circus exhibition, representing western situations among which the battle of Little Big Horn (in which lost his life the General Custer).

The show had an enormous success both in America and in its numerous European tournées.

The 12th May 1906 the Wild West Show arrived in Trieste, coming from Venice and Udine, at the "Meridionale" railway station. His caravan was composed by 1,400 people, travelling on four special trains.

The circus settled slightly out of town, near the present area occupied by the Trieste Fair. The fee, to be paid to the city council, was of 100 crowns per day. A bond of 1000 crowns had also to be deposited as a guarantee.

More than 60,000 people assisted to the six shows of the 13th, 14th and 15th May. The artists were cowboys, Indians (Cheyennes and Arrapahoes) but also Mexicans, Kazacs, Japanese, Arabs and Cubans. There were 500 horses and a couple of cannon guns, operated by men of the historic Sixth Cavalry Regiment.

On the 16th the Wild West left to Ljubljana.


Credit: Images from www.farwest.it

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