This weekend marked the 114th anniversary of a visit by Col. W.F. Cody, who was more widely known Buffalo Bill Cody, to Salt Lake City. He and 300 guests were invited by LDS Church officials to the Tabernacle on Temple Square for an organ recital on the morning of Aug. 14, 1902. More than 10,000 people poured into the building in record time.
The Deseret News called Cody "the man of the hour."
When it came to Wild West shows in the early 20th century, there was one billed as a "must see." Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was the hottest ticket in town and on Aug. 13-14, 1902, Cody and his troop of performers put together a total of four shows in Salt Lake City.
Cody had a favorable impression of the Tabernacle.
"The most marvelous building, all things considered, I was ever in," Cody stated in a Deseret News article in 1902 about the Tabernacle. In regard to the organist he said, "Why, he makes that grand old organ talk."
Before the performance in the Tabernacle, Cody met with members of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Beehive House. For about half an hour Cody spoke with the First Presidency. The informal affair was considered pleasant and agreeable, according to the article.
Serving in the First Presidency of the LDS Church in 1902 were President Joseph F. Smith and counselors President John R. Winder and President Anthon H. Lund.
About the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, the Deseret News reported, "From the grand review until the final salute, there was a thrill for everybody and plenty left over."