Wednesday, June 27, 2012

World's Only Trained Buffalo

Ron M.  has been doing some surfing on YouTube and found this treasure.  It's a home video taken at Buffalo Ranch, the former famous tourist attraction just two miles down Route 66 from Afton Station.   I happen to own the hat and the crop you see being used in this video.  It's a  home movie taken in the 1950s.   
The hat and crop belonged to LaRue Olsen, the trainer.  Legend has it that the buffalo, named Pat, eventually accidentally killed LaRue by falling upon him.  His hat and crop are on loan to the Route 66 museum at Route 66 Harley Davidson in Tulsa.

2 comments:

Susan Yates said...

What a find! Congratulations, Ron. Fascinating to watch, but so poignant to see Mr. Olsen underneath and hugging the animal he obviously cared for and trained, knowing about the accident that would later take his life. Do you know, Laurel, what happened to the buffalo?

Laurel said...

Susan,

I don't know what happened to the buffalo, but I'll ask Betty W. the next time I see her.