For the last six years, the smell of campfire has lured visitors over to the picturesque chuck wagon scene on the front lawn of the Buffalo Bill Center. When they get there, they are typically greeted by the smiling “cookie” Ron Reed, who has enriched the visits of thousands of visitors to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. With his warm personality, hearty laugh, and memorable mustache, Ron has shared information about the history of the chuck wagon and life on the range to nearly 10,000 summer visitors. He also draws on his own personal experiences to help them understand the work of a modern-day cowboy.
Ron’s reputation reaches far beyond the Center’s walls. In 2011, the Center posted a video about “Ron’s Dutch Oven Biscuits” to YouTube, and it has received more than 64,000 views! People from around the world call the Center looking for more information about the cook, his utensils, and his recipes.
Recently, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West honored Ron with a “Spirit of the American West” Award. This award is given to staff members who make the American West vibrant for visitors. We are privileged to have a Ron as part of our team!