1882

<< Previous  Next>> / 1882~Buffalo Hunting in Montana,  Courtesy of the Hanyes Foundation Collection, Montana Historical Society, Helena MT. / Democrat Chronicle Rochester New York, Feb 5 1882 FOR PROTECTION OF GAME A bill has been introduced in the house making it unlawful to kill elk, deer, antelope, buffalo, mountain sheep or bison in the territories under any pretext whatsoever, except for food, and then only when necessary for humans subsistence. / The Buffalo Commercial Buffalo, New York Feb 16, 1882 –By Imperial permission, a bison hunt was recently organized in the neighborhood of Balostock, in Russia, and two bison … Read more

1879

<< Previous  Next>> 1879-AN ACT TO PROTECT BISON   The Independent Record March 4, 1879 Bison AN ACT to protect bison in certain counties in Montana Territory. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Montana: Section 1. That any person who shall willfully shoot, or otherwise kill, for the period of ten years from and after the passage of this act, any buffalo or bison, within the Counties of Madison, Jefferson, Deer Lodge and Lewis and Clarke, Montana Territory, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars, nor more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned … Read more

1874

<< Previous  Next>> Wholesale Slaughter Nashville Union Jan 6 1874 Wholesale Slaughter With reference to the wholesale slaughter of buffalo on the plains, a Western paper says: Mr. Lessing estimates that there are at least two thousand hunters in camp along there waiting for buffalo. He came across one party of sixteen, who stated that they killed twenty-eight thousand buffaloes during the past summer, the hides of which only were utilized. If sixteen hunters can kill this many animals, how great must be the slaughter upon the broad extent of the bison range? Evidently millions of the animals must have … Read more

1873

< Previous  Next>> “American Progress”  by George A. Crofutt c1873 Print shows an allegorical female figure of America leading pioneers westward, as they travel on foot, in a stagecoach, Conestoga wagon, and by railroads, where they encounter Native Americans and herds of bison.   Chicago Daily Tribune Chicago, Illinois Feb 16 1873 BISON BUTCHERY Tremendous Slaughter of Buffaloes in Southern Kansas – Doomed to Speedy Extinction From that Topeka (Kan.) Commonwealth. Dodge City, on the A.T. & S.F. road, is a principal point of shipment of buffalo meat and hides in Kansas. In fact, the trade of the town, apart … Read more

1872

<< Previous  Next>> Spotted Tail and Company This is a 30 x 40-inch oil on canvas painted in 1972.  A little background on the painting: it commemorates the 100th anniversary of Grand Duke Alexis of Russia’s buffalo hunt in Nebraska.  In 1872, Gen. Philip Sheridan, Gen. George Custer, and Buffalo Bill Cody rode along to ensure the duke’s success, but the duke’s aim was terrible; he fired six shots, missing buffalo from just 20 feet away.  Then the duke emptied Cody’s pistol without success.  Cody gave him his 50-caliber Springfield rifle and rode beside him to tell him when to fire.  … Read more

1870

<< Previous  Next>> Height of the Destruction Many Indians and whites considered buffalo tongues to be a great delicacy; western soldiers craved them. In 1870, General John Pope, new commander of the Department of the Missouri, wrote to his old West Point chum, Lieutenant Colonel Richard I. Dodge, in command at Fort Dodge, requesting twelve dozen buffalo tongues. Dodge quickly obliged by detailing a sergeant and a squad of marksmen to scour the Kansas plains for the shaggy beasts. In three days they returned with a wagon filled with more tongues than were ordered. To kill over 144 buffalo, animals … Read more

1869

<< Previous  Next>> The Brooklyn Eagle Jan 5 1869 Robe “Very well,” said he. “Mike,” calling a hall – boy, ” run round to Snagg’s Stables, and toll him I’ll want my sleigh here at three o’clock; and say, toll him I want my best buffalo.” No sooner had he pronounced those words than the bison of the prairies sprung up before me, as I had read of him in a hundred books, with his huge tangled mane, his small bloodshot eye, his gigantic hoof, his terrible branching horns. I immediately determined to invent a pretext for not going; but … Read more

1831-1840

<< Previous  Next>> OREGON EXPEDITION North Star Danville, Vermont 04 Feb 1833 1831-1840 To the Editor of the Daily Advocate. Sir. You are perhaps aware, that a company of men left this neighbor-hood in the early part of last spring, with the intention of proceeding by land to the Columbia river. I chanced lately to meet with a young man, who had made one of the party, and who, after having accomplished the greater part of the journey, was deterred by the snowy cliff-of the Rocky Mountains, and in company with several others, retraced the wild and weary way to … Read more