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 November 1891 

By the time the show was finally unveiled to the expectant Glasgow public, Colonel Cody and his cowboys and Indians had already spent three weeks in the city, giving them ample opportunity to acclimatise themselves to their new surroundings.

Buffalo Bill himself took full advantage of the wealth of entertainment which the city had to offer and even attended a football match between Rangers and Queen’s Park at Ibrox. The occasion was a Glasgow Cup tie on Saturday, 7th November, postponed from the previous Saturday, 31st October. Queen’s Park won by three goals to nil. The arrival of Buffalo Bill and his party was greeted with warm applause and at half time he was presented to both teams.

Buffalo Bill was spotted a night or two later, buying his papers from a street newsvendor in the vicinity of George Square.

By an odd quirk of fate, the show’s opening night on Monday, 16th November coincided with the official opening of Whitehill Public School, in those days situated immediately next door to the exhibition buildings. The two events commenced just half an hour apart. Not surprisingly, it was the Wild West show which attracted the lion’s share of the press coverage.

The Evening Times ran a review of the opening night, appearing on the following day, Tuesday, 17th, accompanied by an illustration:

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Glasgow, 1891-92

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