Pawnee man keeps memory of Oklahoma's Pawnee Bill alive

Season's last performance of Wild West Show, a revival of the original Pawnee Bill show, is Saturday night.
BY JIM BECKEL jbeckel@opubco.com Modified: June 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm •  Published: June 30, 2012

Webb says he and the original Pawnee Bill share common ideals and values. Like his predecessor, Webb is committed to preserving the “old west.” And he is determined to preserve the American buffalo.

When he's not portraying Pawnee Bill, Webb works full time at the Pawnee Bill Ranch on U.S. 64, a half-mile west of downtown Pawnee. Webb says many visitors don't realize it's still a working ranch; his duties include managing and taking care of the 60 buffalo and 40 head of Longhorn cattle that roam the pastures.

Webb is a fifth-generation farmer and rancher. He lives on the same land homesteaded by his great-grandfather and says he is proud to follow in the footsteps of the men who took care of this land before him.

“Playing the role of Pawnee Bill comes naturally to me,” Webb said.


IF YOU GO

Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Half-mile west of Pawnee on U.S. 64. From Interstate 35, take U.S. 64 East, exit at Perry, travel east about 26 miles to Pawnee Ranch entrance. From U.S. 412, exit at Pawnee/Cushing. Travel north on State Highway 18 to U.S. 64, travel through Pawnee, continue half-mile west to ranch.

Cost: Tickets are $10 for children ages 4 to 10; $14 for adults; $12 for seniors and $150 for box seats. Free for children under 3. Tickets may be purchased at Pawnee Bill Ranch & Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Rd.

Other activities: The show's cast will parade through downtown at 4 p.m. as they make their way back to the Pawnee Bill Ranch. The museum and mansion will open to visitors at noon. Free entertainment is provided through the afternoon until 6 p.m.

For more information: Call (918) 762-2513.

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