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.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
World's Only Trained Buffalo
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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?
I don't know what happened to the buffalo, but I'll ask Betty W. the next time I see her.
I know no one will believe this but LaRue was my great-great grandpa. My grandma would tell me stories about him and I want to share how LaRue actually died. *The buffalo didn't kill him.* It's nothing but a tall-tale. Here's what really happened. Great-great grandpa was logging up in the snowy woods and a tree fell on him. I know it sounds weird, but that's what happened.
Susan, unless someone answered this here's what happened to his buffalo. There were actually two to start with, Mike and Pat. Mike caught pneumonia and died, but Pat (the one with the crooked horn) continued his training to become "The World's Only Trained Buffalo". I don't remember what happened to Pat after that.
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