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From BBC local history pages ' Led by the legendary American army scout Buffalo Bill, a 200-strong travelling company comprising 97 native Americans, 180 broncos and 18 buffalo set up camp on the freezing banks of the River Irwell in November 1887. .... performing nightly to packed crowds in what was the biggest indoor arena ever constructed in Western Europe, Sioux warriors and their cowboy counterparts would recreate classic gun-slinging scenes from the Wild West, or performing daring acts of horsemanship.It all took place in what is now Salford Quays - two years before the canals were even built! - and was so popular the show stayed for five whole months before rolling out of town on its European tour."

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Keywords:1887, buffalo bill, encampments, entertainment, irwell, lancashire, north american indians, salford quays, showmen, sioux, victorians, wild west show

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