We are currently learning about Native Americans (there will be another post on that later) and this week we learned about the importance of the Bison or the Buffalo as many mistakenly call them.
My parents live in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and while Joseph is participating in the MOJO ride (this too will be another post) we are spending a few days here. One of the things that is special about Bartlesville is their Buffalo Stampede. The Buffalo Stampede began in 1998 as Senior Gold Project for Girl Scout Troop 208. The troop chose Mary Martha Outreach as the recipient of profits from the buffalo.
Each of the buffalos are painted differently by different artist and situated in different place around town. Buffalo Bill is found out side the city stadium.
We spent a whole day going around town on a buffalo hunt to find as many of the buffalos as we could. We found Patch in front of the Boy Scott office.
This is the rest that we found and were able to take pictures of. Left to Right: Woolaroc Wiley, Osage Buffalo, & Wildcat.
Left to Right: Magic, Splash, and SGS Buffalo. We found a total of 23 (8 not pictured here as we couldn’t get close enough for a good pictures) of the 30 listed buffalos. We also found 2 of the new baby buffalos that are soon to be put on display.
We finished off our stay with a field trip to Woolaroc wildlife preserve and museum to get an up close experience with real life wild buffalos. This was a fun trip for me as I remember visiting here as a child.
Eli liked seeing the huge animals up close but I think he liked being out of his car seat even more.
My favorite as a child and now a favorite for Eden was the crash collecting buffalo. This vacuum mouthed sculptures collects trash (leaves from us as we didn’t have any trash) through its’ mouth. It makes cleaning up lots of fun.