Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A BIG buffalo

This one grew to be 50-ton, 15-foot-high, 23-foot-long. It's rancher Ray O. Smith's baby. He and his brother Chester grew this behemoth from concrete, rocks and stones. It stands in a pasture and you can see it as you drive around the section.

The big guy shares the pasture with some living, breathing bison and...

...some zebra.

From Longford, the Stone Buffalo is located 1 mile south of the rodeo grounds, turn west at Cherokee and 3rd and go 4 miles, then 2 miles south. At the corner of Limestone and 280 Road you can see the stone buffalo. Don't try to walk up to the buffalo. It's one of those works of art to enjoy from you car.

Who would make something that took so much heavy lifting? It would be someone that wanted to honor the role the buffalo played in American history.

Ray has since past away but his buffalo will last for generations -- and it will always help us "Get Kansas!"

KE #2 Marci Penner

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