The Buffalo

February 16, 2012

In the spring of 1878, only a few scattering bunches remained, and Mrs. Goodnight suggested to her husband the advisability of preserving for Texas and the nation a few of the buffalo. Mr. Goodnight hunted up a bunch and roped two calves, fortunately a male and a female, and, a few weeks after this, captured two more, also a male and a female. Here was the beginning of the present Goodnight herd which not only proved of great commercial value to him, but preserved for Texas this noble animal and made the Goodnight Ranch famous the world over. –Excerpt from Pioneer Days in the Southwest by Emanuel Dubbs.

Recently, the genetically pure descendents of Goodnight’s original herd, The Texas State Buffalo Herd, have been relocated to Caprock Canyon State Park in Quitaque, Texas. Read more on the recent move of the Texas State Buffalo Herd here.

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