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Old 03-08-2021, 02:19 PM   #1
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Any TBH folks with any connections to the buffalo hunting era, 1876-79 or so? Got a camp on your lease, or a town site on your ranch, etc? Grandpa used to collect artifacts, etc? Indian fight locations on your property?
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Old 03-08-2021, 02:36 PM   #2
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I hunted buffalo and fought Indians from about age 5 to 10 or so, what do you wanna know ?










The plains east of Palestine were littered with their bones
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Old 03-08-2021, 02:39 PM   #3
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Sounds like the beginnings of a new themed knife!!
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Old 03-08-2021, 02:45 PM   #4
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Sounds like the beginnings of a new themed knife!!

Lol yep. Have to throw a broad net. Stuff is hard to come by.


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Old 03-08-2021, 08:23 PM   #5
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Lol yep. Have to throw a broad net. Stuff is hard to come by.


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This sounds cool already, lots of possibilities in the buffalo hunting era, good luck!
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:32 PM   #6
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My grandad used to have a big bone handled folding knife he said was a Buffalo skinner. It had Case Brothers on the base of the blade, I got his pocket knives when he passed on, sadly that one went missing.
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Old 03-08-2021, 09:21 PM   #7
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My grandad used to have a big bone handled folding knife he said was a Buffalo skinner. It had Case Brothers on the base of the blade, I got his pocket knives when he passed on, sadly that one went missing.

There are TONS of knives labeled Buffalo Skinner. Case Bros is an old brand though.


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Old 03-08-2021, 09:46 PM   #8
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I have a friend in Tulia that has the ranch with the little box canyon (part of Tule Canyon) where Col. Mackenzie and his men killed all the Indians' horses after capturing the horses the day before in Palo Duro Canyon. Decisive defeat of the Indians. After they lost all their horses, they were done. Had to walk to Oklahoma to the reservation.

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/bat...-canyon-texas/

My friend has found lots of cavalry buttons, belt buckles and such. Also a bunch of ball ammo from all the shooting of the Indians' horses in that little box canyon. I don't know if any of that would be suitable knife material. Obviously the lead balls wouldn't be. But maybe some of the other stuff would - if he'd be willing to part with any of it.

Also, he is an engraver. Does a lot of belt buckles, spurs, knives, etc.... Maybe a collaboration?
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:13 PM   #9
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I have a friend in Tulia that has the ranch with the little box canyon (part of Tule Canyon) where Col. Mackenzie and his men killed all the Indians' horses after capturing the horses the day before in Palo Duro Canyon. Decisive defeat of the Indians. After they lost all their horses, they were done. Had to walk to Oklahoma to the reservation.

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/bat...-canyon-texas/

My friend has found lots of cavalry buttons, belt buckles and such. Also a bunch of ball ammo from all the shooting of the Indians' horses in that little box canyon. I don't know if any of that would be suitable knife material. Obviously the lead balls wouldn't be. But maybe some of the other stuff would - if he'd be willing to part with any of it.

Also, he is an engraver. Does a lot of belt buckles, spurs, knives, etc.... Maybe a collaboration?

I totally need to talk to that guy, LOL. Iíll text you tomorrow.


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Old 03-09-2021, 12:49 AM   #10
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Had a friend with a place in Crosby co just east of Lubbock we found several old bison skulls in the sides of some washouts half exposed. They were all too deteriorated to touch though they would just crumble
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Old 03-09-2021, 02:31 AM   #11
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Thanks Shane...........................
I just went down that rabbit hole, for a couple hours...............
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Old 03-10-2021, 06:36 PM   #12
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Shane starts a lot of rabbit trails lol.


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Old 03-10-2021, 07:30 PM   #13
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Thanks Shane...........................
I just went down that rabbit hole, for a couple hours...............
You're welcome. Col. Mackenzie was an interesting dude.

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Shane starts a lot of rabbit trails lol.
Did you talk to Joe, Jason?
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:41 PM   #14
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Being in NCKS, the history here ties in with Tx.
Basically, im sittin here in France.
I think it was 1804 when Jefferson made the Louisianna Purchase.
In 1806, he commissioned Zebulon Pike to go visit with the Pawnee Indians north west of here on the Republican river.
Pike camped for 3 days in what we call Pawnee gap, it is an easy trail between the Solomon and Saline river valleys.
The north end of Pawnee Gap is a National Landmark, called "Rock City"
My grandmother lived on a little hillside nearly in the middle of Pawnee Gap, she and her 3 sisters attended the country school, about 500y wsw..
https://www.kshs.org/p/following-pik...-solomon/13066

After Pike, it was 1859 before James Mead came to Ottawa county Ks. He named many of our streams.. he had a place he called "Meads ranch" about 1m east of Tescott.
He was lucky to survive the Indians on the war path coming thru the gap.
He has an autobiography.
Mead knew John Chisum, was also instrumental in the founding of Wichita.
His memoirs talk of the Buffalo, the wolves which followed the great herds, the plains Elk, turkeys, deer, etc..
To get the wolves, in one account, Mr. Mead killed 2 Buffalo in the evening, tainting the carcasses with strychnine poison, the next day, gathering 72 wolves.. they would get a wagon load of hides, then take them 190miles to Fort Leavenworth.

I am very close to several "cowtowns" Abilene, Salina, Ellsworth (bloody ellsworth). The Texans drove their cattle here.. where the grass and water could fatten them well.. then ship them back east to feed the masses..
I love the history of it all.. the Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos from 1869 is quite the sight... its amazing to walk that bridge knowing how and who used it to bring those "longhorns" here.

Sry.. starting to ramble here..

https://issuu.com/mennonitepressinc....2cd68053d799bb
Ks became a state Jan. 29th, of 1861.

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Old 03-10-2021, 10:46 PM   #15
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My brother in law and sister used to work on the Turkey Track Ranch, which is where the Battle of Adobe Walls took place. About all I have lol
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