Title: Wild West Show Attractions | In Spite of the Unfavorable Weather Thousands Have Visited Ambrose Park

Periodical: New York Times

Date: May 27, 1894

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In Spite of the Unfavorable Weather Thousands Have Visited Ambrose Park.

During the last week the weather has been peculiarly unfavorable to out-door entertainments, but the extraordinary merit of Buffalo Bill's Wild West has induced many thousands to brave the elements and visit Ambrose Park, in South Brooklyn, where, twice every day, in spite of the adverse circumstances, performances have been given with a regularity and completeness that has challenged the admiration of all.

When Messrs. Cody & Salsbury brought their great entertainment, with its cosmopolitan characteristics, for a Summer season in this vicinity, the wiseacres shook their heads and doubted the managerial sagacity they have heretofore shown, but, during the last week the attendance, in spite of the storms, has proved that the amusement public was ripe for an entertainment such as they give. In addition to the amusing and entertaining qualities of the Wild West, there is much of an educative character which is equally valuable to the old and the young. It is certainly an exhibition combining more instruction and entertainment than has ever been found in any other presented to the public.

As an ethnological study, showing the human race from primitive man, as represented by the Indian, Cossack, and Gaucho, to the perfect representative in the person of the educated and trained soldiers of the four great armies of the world, taking in all of the improvements made by time, locality, and opportunity, which can be seen and learned by contrast that could never have been brought so closely to the attention of the visitor but for the enterprise of Cody & Salsbury, in gathering these people from all quarters of the globe. Bayard Taylor and other travelers of world-wide fame have been unable to see these people, to study their methods of life, and to contrast their natures in different ways, but it remained for Messrs. Cody & Salsbury, for the first time in history, to congregate them all in one aggregation and show to the American public what was never seen before, except by making the long and tedious journeys in foreign lands.

The particular feature that is strongly impressed by the management of the Wild West on visitors is the horsemanship of the representatives of the different races constituting their entertainment. With the sub-title of "Congress of Rough Riders of the World," Cody & Salsbury have added a most comprehensive subject to the original Wild West, and, in doing so, they have added a feature not only of novelty, but what, to the thoughtful mind, is most instructive. It is fast becoming a fad among educated people to visit this entertainment and make comparisons and notes, verifying what they have only been able to read of in books of history and travel. It is an opportunity that could not and will not be neglected by any one.

To the unthinking person, who only seeks diversion and amusement, the Wild West offers an opportunity so full of what is sought, that no fault can be found with it by the old or young. Ambrose Park, South Brooklyn, has already become one of the best-known spots in the vicinity of New-York and Brooklyn, and, as the weather clears and the Summer days are upon us, it will become the Mecca to which the feet of all amusement seekers will be turned, and twice each day at 3 o'clock and 8:15 P. M., thousands upon thousands will be found enjoying the advantages offered them by the Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World both for amusement and instruction.

Title: Wild West Show Attractions | In Spite of the Unfavorable Weather Thousands Have Visited Ambrose Park

Periodical: New York Times

Date: May 27, 1894

Topics: Lakota Performers

Keywords: American Indians Amusements Armies Audiences Cossacks Cultural relations Education Ethnology Gauchos Historical reenactments Horsemanship Horsemen and horsewomen Horses Indians of North America Military maneuvers Military men Traveling exhibitions

People: Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902

Place: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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