Last Photograph of William F. Cody, Five Days Before His Death, with His Doctor at Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Silver gelatin photograph, 5 x 8 in., mounted to 11 x 14 in., with copyright in the negative to photographer C.E. Krueger, showing a gaunt Cody with his physician, Dr. W.W. Crook, at his office at the Stone Bath House in Glenwood Springs, CO. The steadily weakening Cody went to visit Dr. Crook on January 3, 1917, and collapsed in his presence. Crook acknowledged the inevitable and sent Cody to meet his family at Denver two days later, accompanying him on the train there. Cody died of kidney failure in Denver on January 10, at the age of 70. Dr. Crook and his family were long associated with Cody's, though we are unclear on their exact relation.

Known for its hot springs, Glenwood Springs, CO was also a destination for Doc Holliday, who moved there in search of a cure for his tuberculosis; however, Holliday died at the Hotel Glenwood at the age of 36.

Provenance: Descended directly in the family of William F. Buffalo Bill Cody; previously sold in these rooms, January 31, 2014, William F. Cody Auction, Lot 61; consigned by a private collector.


Cluster of raised specks in the left margin, else very good.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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