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Bison jump sites part of prairie history

July 21, 2012
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

BUFFALO, or more correctly bison, were so numerous at one time that naturalists later estimated the peak population of these giant beasts of the prairie lands at 60 million. Of course they were originally spread out across much of the West and Midwest and from Canada to Texas, even Mexico. Bison were so numerous that early passenger trains across Kansas and other places were forced to stop and let the big herds move across the tracks. To force the locomotive through the herd was to invite derailment.



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