Before white settlers arrived in Kansas, there were an estimated 20 million buffalo roaming the Great Plains. Native Americans hunted the buffalo for food, clothing, housing, and other essential items. As the first settlers, followed by the railroads, arrived in territorial Kansas they over-hunted and purposely sought to exterminate the buffalo herds. Today buffalo, the Kansas state animal, are only present in Kansas on farmlands and in state parks.
When I went to photograph the buffalo near my grandmother’s old home, they weren’t very cooperative so this decorative stone alternative will have to do.
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