The Battle of Adobe Walls

A bit of frontier history, told to the narrator by the men who made it. EDWARD CAMPBELL LITTLE Drawings by Harvey T. Dunn   The Kansas buffalo hunters invaded the Texas Panhandle and the Llano Estacado in force in the spring of 1874; in five months it is said they slew a hundred thousand bison. The deserted Adobe Walls, a station established by Spanish friars, French Canadian hunters or General Howe’s soldiers, was selected as the rendezvous for these hunters, who came from Dodge City, one hundred and seventy-five miles away.  Three ‘ business houses’ and a blacksmith shop gave … Read more

1933

<< Previous Next >>   Arizona Westerners Should Know Jan 1, 1933 By OREN ARNOLD and MABEL EARP CASON Here is a drawing of the traditional “buffalo” familiar to all Americans, and yet there never was a buffalo in America, except possibly in a zoo! The noble creature which occupies so prominent a part in our history, which is written indelibly with the conquest of the West, was in fact, a bison, characterized by the shoulder hump. True buffaloes are found only on other continents and do not have humps. But nobody, now, ever hopes to correct the national error! One … Read more

White Buffalo

 The Once Rare -White Buffalo Throughout history, I have read about white buffalo sightings or buffalo with white spots. I have also read many times about domestic cattle running with a herd of wild bison. Some ranchers today believe that bison will not naturally cross with cattle when roaming together. Animals do one thing very well and that is breed. “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with.” (song by Stephen Stills} Personally I am not a fan of the forced crosses. It does absolutely nothing to promote our bison. What all these animals … Read more

1922

<< Previous  Next>> / The Pittsburg Sun Pittsburg,  Kansas Jan 17, 1922 Entertain Boy Scouts (extract) The merit badges Boy Scouts of Pittsburg were guests of Oscar Ward at his home on West  Washington avenue. Saturday night. Mr. Ward will leave tomorrow on a hunting trip and will hunt bison on Buffalo Island in Salt Lake. He told the boys the history of his hunting trips, showing his guns and skins. / Concordia Blade-Empire Concordia, Kansas Jan 25, 1922 FIND BONES OF BISON Part of Skeleton Is Dug Up by Bridge Builders SALINA, Jan. 25. – Part of the bones … Read more

1921

<< Previous  Next>> / Salt Lake Telegram Salt Lake City Utah Jan 9, 1921 SHOOTING THE BISON The news dispatches carry a story of the arrival this week of a of “sportsmen” from Los Angeles, who, for a consideration of $200 each, may shoot one of the bison in the herd now located on Antelope island. Those who love the virile history of the United States and especially the West must be proud of file present generation. At the same time, there must be a feeling of regret that the last of a noble animal tribe must come to such … Read more

Natives

While checking for information about the Natives of North America, you can use the search bar for the keyword to locate more stories for that year or tribe. Most Recent Articles on the bottom.   Announcement: We have an Old Native Bison Skull that we need help in researching. Please take a look and let us know if you can help. Any information would be greatly appriciated. Thank you. Native Painted Bison Skull.   Native languages was the source for most of the buffalo/bison terms below. In Plains Indian languages in general, male and female buffaloes are distinguished, with each … Read more

1811-1820

<< Previous  Next>> Hide Shipments 1811-1820 Aberdeen Journal North of Scotland Aberdeen Scotland Jan 16 1811 Lots of Hides Dried buffalo hides in the hair, sound in the grain, about 20lb per hide. Dried Spanish Horse Hides in the hair, fit for tanning or covering trunks. A few dozen of Dutch Calf Skins salted, about 136lb per doz.   The Caledonian Mercury Edinburgh, Scotland Mar 25th 1811 50 buffalo hides  Missouri Gazette and Public Advertiser St Louis, MO June 27, 1811 FOR SALE The following articles, the property of the United States, now on hand. VIZ. About 200 packs of … Read more

1801-1810

<< Previous  Next>> 1801-1810-The Last Buffalo Killed in Ohio.  The Evening Post New York, New York May 6 1802  [The following extract from Mackenzie’s Voyages, republished in this city by Mr. Hopkins, will give some idea of the authors manner of writing. It is hoped it may serve to attract notice to this work and patronage to the publisher.] “The Portage la Roche is of a level surface, in some parts of bounding with stones, and covered with cypress, the pine, this spruce fir, and other trees natural to it’s soil. Within three miles of the North-West termination, there is … Read more

1871

<< Previous  Next>> Royalty Visits Grand Duke Alexis, Buffalo hunt, sent by his father to better relations with the U.S.A. (Custer Museum)   The Emporia Weekly News Emporia, Kansas Jan 6 1871 PLYMOUTH. A Fearful Buffalo Hunt. The party that left here some three weeks ago for a buffalo hunt, consisting of William Eikenberry, George Lambdin, and four others, returned last (Tuesday) evening, having had a very rough time of it. When they were fairly in the buffalo range, and among innumerable numbers of them, and were predicting a fair day on the morrow, and were prepared for a grand … Read more

Comanche

Texas, -Derivation of the name.- …… Comanche claim to be the lineal descendents of the empire of Montezuma, and the only legitimate owners of the whole Mexican country. The Chiefs say that when Cortes landed in Mexico, he found the country torn to pieces by internal factions and was enabled, by employing the disaffected chiefs, to raise a force to seize upon their capital. Those chiefs believed if they could destroy the power of Montezuma, they could easily dispatch the Spaniard, and have the control of the country in their own hands. But too late they ascertained that they had introduced … Read more