But it wasn't over, in 1904 their eldest daughter, 38-year-old Arta Lucille died suddenly as a result of diagnostic surgery, a month after her marriage to Dr. Charles W. Thorp, leaving two orphans from her first marriage. Now, three of the four Cody children had passed.

During his last trip to Rochester in 1929, Johnny Baker laid Christmas wreaths on his benefactor's children's graves, just as he'd seen his foster father always do. Johnny died in 1931 and is buried nearby.

Mount Hope Cemetery has over 350,000 graves. Many of the powerful and famous of their day, such Americans as the Eastmans, Bausch and Lomb, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, lie there under perpetual care. But Mount Hope has no budget for individual gravestones, only the grounds. Acid rain falls and over the years, washes away the inscriptions leaving blank lumps of mute, cold stone.

You may be facing similiar challenges today, in caring for the gravestones of your loved ones. Acid rain and lack of funding threaten graveyards across the nation. It’s hard not to feel a sense of panic when returning to a favorite site, only to find vandalism and neglect have stolen away a precious memory. "A Graveyard Preservation Primer" can help you understand what needs to be done.

Now the ICFA takes pride that we can chemically preserve the gravestones of Buffalo Bill's children. Pollution is eating away these once everlasting memorials of Buffalo Bill's love of children and we are working to save them. For Kit, his sisters, Orra and Arta, and Johnny too!

Click here to visit the Buffalo Bill Legacy Gallery!

Mount Hope is a beautiful place any time of year, when you're in Rochester, stop by and pay your respects.

Please join the Executive Board in remembering Buffalo Bill and fund this preservtion by making a donation now. We need only $250 to do this, so a ten, a twenty, any amount is appreciated.

Here's a salute to our donors, thank you for your generosity!

Jeff Norman FOF

Suzanna 148/21311

Barbara 117/11351

Paul 145/44342

Wayne 139/22122

Robert 261/1431

The International Cody Family Association