This photograph is of buffalo skulls picked up off the prairie and sold to a dealer for shipment on the railroad to a factory to make fertilizer and other products. This was one way homesteaders could make some extra money - picking up the bleached bones of buffaloes. This shocking scene was repeated at railroad sidings all across the prairie and gives the viewer an idea of the sheer volume of animals killed in the near mass extermination of the American Bison by the buffalo hunters. To hear a narrative taken from actual primary documents of a buffalo hunter who worked the Kansas Plains, please click on the link below.
Buffalo Hunter Narrative
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