Jamestown Goes West

Maybe for the first time in more than 100 years, a stage coach traveled down Third Street in Jamestown on Friday.

The stage coach was a part of the Wild West show performed as part of The International Cody Family Association Reunion. Tom Bishop’s 4B Ranch Productions performed the Old West show, which also included horses, ponies, trick roping and gun spinning.

Tom Bishop’s crew thrilled the crowd that gathered along Third Street in front of the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. Bishop’s business, which was founded in 1912, is a good old-fashioned family fun show that has been seen on three continents. Performances of Bishop’s Wild West show have included trick roping, trick riding, knife throwing, Roman riding, whip-cracking trick horses, cowboys, cowgirls and stagecoaches.

On Friday, Tom Bishop Jr. elated the onlookers with several roping tricks. ”Smiling Dan” the gun spinning man performed two quick draw demonstrations with two participants from the crowd. ”Buffalo Bill” emceed the event, describing the scene and telling jokes.

”Aren’t you glad you got into show business,” Buffalo Bill said to one of the crew members after cleaning horse manure off of Third Street.

A second Wild West show will be performed by Bishop’s crew following the Buffalo Bill Wild West Parade today. The parade will start at 9 a.m. on the corner of Third Street and Foote Avenue. The parade will then travel through downtown Jamestown to the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, located at 211-217 W. Second St. The Wild West show is scheduled to start at about 10:30 a.m.

Following the show, there will be a rifle salute to celebrate the Medal of Honor William F. Cody received. The Wild West shows will be just one part of The International Cody Family Association Reunion, which started Thursday. Other events include special guest speakers like Jeremy Johnston, the curator of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West; an antique car show; and Western art on display at the train station. As many as 2,500 relatives of Buffalo Bill Cody have been invited to the Jamestown area for the reunion, which is held every two years. The public is welcomed to attend the events during the reunion.