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Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle, Arizona

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Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle Cody Days was a free, non-profit, community event that had been held annually since 2016 through 2020.

The event celebrated Buffalo Bill Cody's time in the town of Oracle, Arizona and his investment in the nearby Campo Bonito mines.

The last pre-pandemic event was held on Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2020 at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse in Oracle, Arizona.

Cody Family Stories
Magic Show for Kids
History & Legends of the Santa Catalina Mountains

  • On Saturday, February 22, from 1-5pm, Buffalo Bill-relative Gerald Cody shared Cody family stories, a free magic show for the kids by Ross the Magician and Don Larry speaks about "Cody As Senator." There was also Native American jewelry sales and displays, local book talks by author/publisher Bob Zucker, and free Buffalo Bill Cody birthday cake.
  • On Sunday, February 23, from 1-5pm, Zucker shared the legends and history of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Buffalo Bill Cody and his mines, and Oracle's unique history.

“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. 2020 marked the 103rd anniversary of the Cody’s passing in January 1917.

This event also paid tribute to William “Flint” Carter, Cody Days founder, who passed away in December 2018. Carter spent over four decades prospecting the Santa Catalina Mountains and held over 100 mining claims in the mountains. Watch Flint Carter Tribute. Bob Zucker continued the Cody Days event at the Oracle Inn for two more years until the pandemic hit and the Oracle Inn closed down.

Gerald Cody’s involvement with the Cody Family organization started in Ohio where he lived until moving to Arizona in 2005. Gerald’s original involvement with the Ohio Circle followed in his father’s 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 family’s arrival in Beverly, MA.

The International Cody Family, a 502c3 organization, was organized in the early 1900’s. 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 Cody’s with larger groups in MA, WY, OH, FL, east and west Canada.  

With the December 2018 death of the events' founder, William “Flint” Carter, Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle sponsorship was managed through Southwest Alternatives Institute, Inc.(SAI), a non-profit organization, founded in Tucson in 1977. Flint Carter and Robert Zucker organized the first Cody Days event in 2016, and formed the Santa Catalina Historical Preservation Program to preserve local history and legends of the Santa Catalina Mountains through SAI, Inc. Carter spent over four decades prospecting the Santa Catalina Mountains and held over 100 mining claims in the mountains. Both have published books on the Catalina Mountains.

For more information about Buffalo Bill Cody Days, and Cody Days Oracle email [email protected].


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? Download a free PDF sample from the book.

The Canyon of Gold

Now Available on Amazon: Flint Carter's autobiography: 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

Learn more about the legends of the Catalina Mountains:

The Iron Door Mine

Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains

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