Entertainment Magazine: Treasures of the Santa Catalinas
The Official Cody Days in Oracle Web Site
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the closure of the Oracle Inn venue, and the passing of one of the event founders, the 2021 Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle, Arizona has been suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, too many obstacles make it impossible to hold this year's event.
World-renowned 19th Century entertainer William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody visited
Oralce, Arizona often during the last decades of his life. Cody owned
several mines at Campo Bonito on the far north edge of the Santa 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 Catalina Mountains for the legendary Iron Door Mine with his friend William Neal, the owner of the local Mountain View hotel in Oracle (the building still stands as an abandoned church). He reportedly carried around a pure gold nugget in his pocket as proof of the value of his mines.
Cody spent his last
winter years until 1917 in Oracle, managing his mining claims. He
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 Mountain View 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 Senate run for 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. 2021 would mark the 104th
anniversary of the Cody’s passing in January 1917.
With the December 2018 death of the
events' founder, William “Flint” Carter, Buffalo
Bill Cody Days in Oracle continued in 2019 and 2020 sponsored through Southwest
Alternatives Institute, Inc.(SAI), a non-profit organization founded
in Tucson in 1977.
For more information about Buffalo Bill Cody Days call 520-623-3733 or email [email protected]. Buffalo Bill Cody Days poster designed by Ross Horwitz, Ross the Magician.
Photo: Co-founder Flint Carter at the 2018 Cody Days in Oracle. Flint passed away the following December. Photos by Carolyn & James Barnett.
Robert Zucker, author of "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains."
Written by Robert Zucker with collaboration from Flint Carter
Explore the Santa Catalina Mountains in a way you never seen them before. "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" is a large collection of the legends and history of the Catalina Mountains. 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 with the Iron Door? Who started the legends? Is there still gold in the mountains?