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5th Annual Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle, Arizona

Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2020 • 1-5pm
Oracle Inn Steakhouse
305 E. American Avenue in Oracle, AZ
For Info: 520-623-3733

The upcoming 2020 Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle will be held at the Oracle Inn Restaurant & Steakhouse on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 1-5pm both days.

“Buffalo Bill” Cody visited Tucson, Arizona often during the last decades of his life. Cody owned several mines at Campo Bonito in the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Oracle. Cody would spend many winters in Oracle managing his mines which produced tungsten, silver and gold. This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the Cody’s passing in January 1917.

On Saturday, February 22, from 1-5pm, enjoy a free magic show for the kids by Ross the Magician and Don Larry speaks about "Cody As Senator." There will also be Native American jewelry sales and displays, book talks, and free Buffalo Bill Cody birthday cake.

On Sunday, February 23, from 1-5pm, Robert Zucker will talk about the legends and history of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Cody and his mines, and Oracle's unique history.

This year’s event also pays tribute to William “Flint” Carter, Cody Days founder, who passed away in December. Carter spent over four decades prospecting the Santa Catalina Mountains and held over 100 mining claims in the mountains.

Gerald Cody will be this year's guest speaker and will share some Cody family stories. Geraldís involvement with the Cody Family organization started in Ohio where he lived until moving to Arizona in 2005. Geraldís original involvement with the Ohio Circle followed in his fatherís footsteps to become President of the Circle and then to become President of the International Cody Family for 15 years.

The Cody Family arrived in Massachusetts in 1695 and became landowners in 1698. The original settlers were Philip and Martha. They had five children and from that beginning, the family expanded and moved west through the new frontier and Canada. The family has an extensive genealogy from the familyís arrival in Beverly, MA.

The International Cody Family, a 502c3 organization, was organized in the early 1900ís. The first actual meeting was held in 1925 in Cleveland, OH. The family funded the original site of the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody, WY at that meeting with pledges that totaled less than $100. The family was wide spread throughout the United States and Canada at that time and was divided into family circles where there were pockets of Codyís with larger groups in MA, WY, OH, FL, east and west Canada.  

For more information about Buffalo Bill Cody Days call 520-623-3733 or email [email protected]

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During the last decades of his life, the world-famous 19th century entertainer Willaim Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody invested in several mines in the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Oracle. He was known to carry around a pure gold nugget from his mines in his pocket as proof of the value of his mines.

Cody spent his last winter years until 1917, in Oracle, managing his dozens of mining claims at Campo Bonito on the far north edge of the Catalina Mountains, near the YMCA’s Triangle Y Ranch Camp. The mines produced tungsten used by Thomas Edison for his light bulb filaments. As a by-product, they also produced silver and some gold. While visiting his mining camp, Cody would search the Catalinas for the legendary Iron Door Mine with his friend William Neal, the owner of the local Mountain View hotel in Oracle.

Buffalo Bill Cody often stayed at a little house at Campo Bonito with the miners for weeks at a time while his wife, Louisa, waited at the comfortable hotel in Oracle, a few miles away. On several Christmas days, Cody played Santa Claus to the mineworkers’ children in Oracle. There were even rumors in Washington of a possible Senator Cody from the new State of Arizona. Though intrigued at the prospect, Cody did not pursue the office. A reporter commented how out of place Cody would look in Congress with his long hair and Western wear.

For more information, contact Robert Zucker at [email protected] or call 520-623-3733.

Cody Days Flint Carter

Photo above: Co-founder Flint Carter at the 2018 Cody Days in Oracle. Photos by Carolyn & James Barnett.

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Cody Days 2019 Review

The 4th Annual Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle was held on Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Oracle Inn, 305 E. American Ave. in Oracle, Arizona. The annual event honored the world famous William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody who invested in mines near the hidden community of Oracle, north of Tucson, Arizona in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Photos of the 2019 Cody Days In Oracle

Cody Days in Oracle is held during the last week of February, to commemorate the birthday of William Cody. Learn about the forgotten story of Buffalo Bill in Oracle.

The main event started on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm with a salute to "The General," Flint Carter. Friends will also express their thoughts and experiences with Flint. The Oracle Inn provided cake. Ross the Magician also presented a magic show for kids and adults.


Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains by Robert E. ZuckerTreasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains

Written by Robert Zucker with
collaboration from Flint Carter

"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" is a large collection of the legends and history of the Catalinas. Learn the story of the Iron Door Mine, the Lost Mission and the Lost City. Hundreds of pages cover hundreds of years in the search for gold, silver and copper. Was there a Lost Escalante Mine or Mine wth the Iron Door? Who started the legends? Is there still gold in the mountains?


Buffalo Bill in Oracle

See more highlights from the 2018 Cody Days in Oracle 

Hosted by W.T. Flint Carter and Robert E. Zucker

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Cody Days 2016

Dane Johnson portrays Buffalo Bill Cody during the 2017 Cody Days in Oracle, Arizona.


Buffalo Bill Cody in Oracle

In the early 1900s, “Buffalo Bill” Cody owned several mines at Campo Bonito in the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Oracle. He also searched for the fabled Iron Door Mine of the Catalinas.

Cody spent many winters in Oracle managing his mines which produced tungsten and gold. Buffalo Bill’s last performance was playing Santa for the orphans of Oracle in 1916. Read more about Buffalo Bill Cody.


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See Silver and Gold Jewlery from the Santa Catalina Mountains

Read more about the Iron Door Mine

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The only authentic source of Cody Stone from Buffalo Bill Cody's own mines with certification from the Flint Carter Collection

Cody Stone, gold and silver in quartzFirst popularized by Tiffany's during the California Gold Rush, Cody Stone is a little known- and now extremely rare- commodity.

It is the most expensive gold and silver in the world that sells by carat weight values. Cody Stone is on display in museums worldwide and the Mining Hall of Fame and Gem Institute of America.

The specimen, on loan to the University of Arizona MIneral Museum, was independently graded at 38 out of 40 and is considered one of the finest 100% natural gold and silver specimens in the world.

The result of a search for the West's largest gold legend and the world's largest land treasure portrayed in four major motion pictures over six decades, this golden legend refuses to die and continues to grow with substantial golden values.


Books on the Santa Catalina Mountains

Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains

Written by Robert Zucker with
collaboration from Flint Carter

A large collection of the legends and history of the Catalinas. Learn the story of the Iron Door Mine, the Lost Mission and the Lost City. Hundreds of pages cover hundreds of years in the search for gold, silver and copper. Was there a Lost Escalante Mine or Mine wth the Iron Door? Who started the legends? Is there still gold in the mountains?


The Canyon of Gold

Now Available on Amazon: Flint Carter's autbiography: The Canyon of Gold, Buffalo Bill Cody, and the Legendary Iron Door Mine Treasure: The Santa Catalina Mountains Story

 


Flint CarterThe Miner's Story Project

The Miners’ Story Project preserves and shares stories about life in the mines and mining communities in the Southwest US. William "Flint" Carter provides his recollections of the history and stories of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Read more about the Miner's Story Project. The Miner's Story CD is a two and a half hour recording of the mine with the iron door by Flint Carter.


Ballads of the Santa CatalinasFlint Carter

The original songs and ballads about the Iron Door Mine, the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Old West and about Flint Carter on CD.

These songs were written and professionaly performed in a studio by Gary Holdcroft specifically about Flint's adventures and the legends of the Catalinas.


Sponsors sought to promote local history

Donations and sponsorships are open to help fund the costs of the event which has been produced by volunteers since 2016. Banner and vendor spaces are available.

For more information, sponsorships, interviews and press coverage, contact Robert Zucker, Entertainment Magazine, at 520-623-3733 or email [email protected]


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