Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Diverting the Buffalo



There were many hazards on the trail west. Everything from extreme weather, Native encounters, disease, wolves, and even Buffalo. The journey was not for the faint hearted. Buffalo could create a problem, especially if they were stampeding. But, even if they weren’t, it was not uncommon for these huge beast in the massive herds that they traveled in to literally flatten the pioneer’s camp and much of the livestock lost. So, knowing this, what did the Hunter Company have to resort to, to literally turn the Buffalo off course?  

a.      Shake cow bells

b.      Shake bear bells

c.       Fire a cannon

d.      Set the prairie grass on fire

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   Utah received Statehood

Regina Mary Simmons Christensen, age 10, Park City shares the following: “The houses were made of wood and built so close together that when a fire started it was a serious thing indeed. Both mills would blow their sirens so loud it was terrible. One morning, in January, 1896, just as I was getting dressed, the sirens started to scream. I ran outside with only one shoe on, through the snow, down the steps, across the bridge, and into the store where Father had already gone to work. I must have been a sorry sight, with my uncombed hair flying, shoe untied, etc. Everyone in the store laughed at me. It was not a fire nor the end of the world, but the noise was because Utah had become a state!

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 320.

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