Texas Panhandle wiped clean of buffalo

By Bartee Haile
With no more buffalo left to slaughter, the last of the High Plains hunters, as shaggy as the beasts they once stalked, departed the Panhandle on Jul. 23, 1879.  The wild rush of goldseekers to California in 1849 split in half the multitude of North  American bison. The coming of the transcontinental railroad a couple  of decades later made permanent the divisionof the mighty millions into the northern and southern herds.

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