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In 1878, a merchant was worried that not enough traffic was passing by his shop. So, he asked a friend at Fort McKinney to have a bull team change the dirt path slightly to curve in front of his store, and the same street still stands today. The Johnson County Courthouse, one of the oldest buildings in Buffalo, was built in 1884 and still has its original exterior. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the two-story Neo-classic building had a wooden white cupola on the very top in the old days. The Jim Gatchell Museum was constructed in 1909 of local stone, hand-cut and hauled to the site. The building is currently an annex to the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

Other buildings downtown include the Occidental Hotel, established in 1878, that took in many famous guests like Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.