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Kansas Memory Podcast - End of the Buffalo

The documents used in the Buffalo podcast are available on Kansas Memory.


James R. Mead to his Father and others
In this letter, James R. Mead describes his first buffalo hunt to his family and friends.

James R. Mead to his Mother
n this letter addressed to his mother, James Mead writes about his life on the frontier near the Saline River, Kansas Territory. He also informs her that he has sent the family a load of buffalo meat and robes, and he discusses the local fur trade, listing different animals in the area.

Henry Raymond Diary
Henry Hubert Raymond makes daily entries in this diary for one year, beginning on November 11, 1872, when he left Carlinville, Illinois, for Kansas. Henry, Theodore, and the Masterson brothers began hunting bison (buffalo) and Henry describes their efforts in brief but graphic detail.

Crossing the Plains, the Journal of Harriet Bridwell Shaw
Harriett Bidwell Shaw started a journal in September 18,1851, when she and her husband, Reverend James Milton Shaw traveled in a wagon train via the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico. Harriett was the only woman to accompany the wagon train. She documented their daily activities, the weather conditions, hardships on the trail, encounters with Indians, and buffalo hunting.