Buffalo Herd

LASR - Hays, Kansas - Buffalo HerdLocated on US-183 Alternate, four miles south of I-70 and directly across from Historic Fort Hays is a small herd of buffalo.

The frontier Park buffalo herd was begun in 1953 with a bull named Wild Bill and a cow named Calamity Jane. The herd has grown to include the main bull, Max, and a harem of cows.

The area was the home to the largest herd of buffalo in North America, estimated in the millions. The importance of the buffalo to the Native Americans of the area should not be overlooked. The Indians depended on the buffalo for food, shelter, clothing and tools. They fought hard when millions of the animals were slaughtered as a result of the intrusion of the railroad and the white setlers.


To: Ellis County
To: Hays