Texas Bison History

Arkansas into northern Texas on the south, and Wyoming and Dakota on the north. The professional hunters followed and for years reap a rich harvest. But the rush of gold…

1821-1830

…at the O Arkansas River, and encamped on it; this river is at this place about two hundred yards wide but quite shallow as our hunters forded it and killed…

Buffalo Chips – Bison Dung

…postage. My next letter, I hope, will be dated from California. Weekly Arkansas Gazette Little Rock, Arkansas Jul 26 1849 From the best information we struck the Santa Fe Rd….

Natives

…in the Rio Grande Valley ran away from their Spanish masters, they went to the Apache villages for refuge, sometimes going as far as the Arkansas River to be safe…

1878

…north of the Arkansas were more valuable, because the fur was finer and thicker. The wolf pelts were classed as follows: No.1 Fine Fur No.2 Coarser Fur No.3 Hair and…

Frontier Army-Destruction of the Buffalo

…Treaty of 1867 had reserved for the Kiowas, Comanches, Southern Cheyennes, and Arapahoes, “the right to hunt on any lands south of the Arkansas so long as the buffalo may…

Charles Goodnight Bison Herd

Charles Goodnight, also known as Charlie Goodnight, was an American cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. He is sometimes known as the “father…

1873

…old, and has in that time attained considerable notoriety for its liveliness. While the bison lasts, there will be “meat in the house” in the Arkansas valley. The terrible arithmetic…

1851-1860

…of this stream, on the Little Arkansas. Having fasted since morning, we had more than a prairie appetite for our supper. We feasted on antelope and buffalo, cooked in the…

Early Explorers Sighting Bison

…AZ-NM, 1539, Gila Valley- Zuni Indians traded buffalo hides with Gila Valley Indians Arkansas, Batesville, 1541, Indians presented 2 ox hides from 5 or 6 leagues north where there were…