Texas Bison History

Buffalo Jumps -Texas  Charles Goodnight Bison Herd Pages: 1 2 3 A metal arrow point from a long-ago bison hunt still stuck in a centuries-old bison vertebrae found in the Texas panhandle. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/bison-skeleton-in-burnet-county-up-to-700-years-ol/npG9K/#modal-8356379   Bison – Buffalo Timeline for Texas Early: 25-30 million bison on the Plains.1500’s An estimated 30 to 60 million bison living in North America.1535 – At last the end of 35 days, Coronado determined to send his army home and take a special squad of 20 horsemen  and  go  on  to the wonderful  country  of  which  the  Turk  had  spoken  and  called  Quvsira,  and  which  the  local  Indians  said  was … Read more

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Grand Canyon, It has been a locale for human use and occupation for millennia, with ruins and artifacts from inhabitants dating back nearly 12,000 years, In the early 1800s, trappers and expeditions sent by the U.S. government began to explore and map the canyon. It was first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later a National Monument, achieving National Park in 1919. http://www.history.com/topics/grand-canyon   http://www.arizona-leisure.com/grand-canyon-history.html   The Grand Canyon has been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. About 10,000 years ago, paleo-hunters were known to have hunted big game throughout the … Read more

Catalo/Beefalo

Domesticating Bison for Survival Cattle History in North America Bison Crosses A.K.A. Cattalo or Beefalo While some claimed to be “saving the bison” what they were actually doing was perpetuating their demise. In the case of Charles Goodnight, he was a cattleman first and foremost. He loved animals and wildlife, he was extremely smart and always looking for solutions in any aspect. One of those solutions was the loss of cattle and cattle ranches in the harsh conditions of Texas. Losses were so great that he needed to find a way to make cattle hardier for the region. He felt … Read more

Canada History

Pages: 1 2 Henry Kellsey, a factor of the Hudson Bay Company, in a report of his explorations in the far west of Canada, in 1691, tells of his party sighting buffalo in large numbers. A few years later this explorer became the first white buffalo hunter on the plains of western Canada. He tells that everywhere the Indians were slaughtering, taking only the choice pieces and leaving the greater portion of each slain body to the wolves which followed in large bands. The Saturday News May 21, 1914    In 1786 statistics show that over 705,000 skins were exported from Québec … Read more

Harold E. Baynes

“Buffalo Bull” “Copyright 1906, by Everett Harold Baynes, Meriden, N. H.” Original vintage lithograph postcard, 1906 On Loan From  Vintage Photographs   1905 est – Ernest Harold Baynes, exhibited a lot of Buffalo wool that had been shed by the Corbin herd. From some of this, a skein of yarn was spun by the usual method and from this, a pair of gloves had been knitted. These and the yarn were soft and felt very much like medium-grade yarn,  but were somewhat oily and emitted a strong odor which of course could have been eliminated had there been a desire … Read more

C.J. Jones -“Buffalo Jones”

Grand Canyon Bison Herd- Started by Jones Yellowstone Park Charles Jesse Jones “Buffalo Jones” was born in 1844, in Illinois, the firstborn of twelve kids. He attended college for two years until he became sick with typhoid fever.  1866 (22 years old) he moved to Kansas to work in the fruit tree nursery business. In 1869 he got married to  Martha Walton, and planted hedge and fruit trees. They had 4 kids (2 boys died)  and moved west, to north-central Kansas. In 1872 he moved to what is now Osborne county, on 160 acres, with his wife and only child.  … Read more

1916

<< Previous  Next>> / The Daily Deadwood Pioneer Times Deadwood South Dakota June 2, 1916 (extract) At Wind Cave National park the government has set aside a big game preserve. Here is one of the largest herds of bison in the country, and many elk and antelope. Adjoining the government preserve is a state preserve set aside by South Dakota. The state preserve consists of more than 40,000 acres and contains a larger herd of bison and more elk and antelope than the government preserve. / The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh Pennsylvania June 18, 1916 “Pawnee Bill,” Soon to Exhibit Here, … Read more

1915

<< Previous  Next>> / Trenton Evening Times Trenton, New Jersey, Jan 15, 1916 GOATS “BUTT IN” FATAL A shaggy-haired goat overestimated his fighting ability at Washington Park Zoo, says the Portland Journal, when he wandered into the buffalo paddocks and gave battle to one of the big male buffaloes. The consequence was that the goats’ battered remains were taken to the city incineratory for cremation. / The York Daily York, Pennsylvania Feb. 15, 1915 TO STAVE THE WOOD TICKS Government Officials Have Plan to Trap “Spotted Fever” Pests (extract) The wood tick, common on cattle and sheep, get the blame … Read more

1911

<< Previous  Next>> Buffaloes on Antelope Island Contradict Plaint That Their Species Is Rapidly Becoming Extinct The Salt Lake Tribune, April 23, 1911 Eighteen Calves Added to the Herd This Spring: Queer Animals Live-in Natural Wild State: The Strenuous Career of “Boaz”, the Hybrid That Would Not Be Tamed; When Great Bands Dotted Western Plains ……18 little buffalo calves are doing their best to prove that the race of buffalo – or bison, as the naturalist still persist in calling the American buffalo – is not becoming extinct. These eighteen little buffalo calves were born this spring on Antelope Island, … Read more

1908

<< Previous  Next>> / After The Swim -N.A. Forsyth- Montana Memory.org 1908 / The Inter Ocean Jan 12, 1908 Will the Buffalo Survive? ……The American bison, or so-called buffalo, is peculiar to this continent. Its story is inseparable from that of the Indian and of the American pioneer. It provided food, clothing and even fuel, for the explorers and early settlers of the great plains. If it had not been there their work would have been more difficult and their hardships greater. It had a vital part in “The Winning of the West.” The bison once roamed in countless herds … Read more