“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Aladdin in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Vore Buffalo Jump

Vore Buffalo Jump Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
1. Vore Buffalo Jump Marker
Inscription. Plains Indians depended upon buffalo for many of their material needs - food, shelter, clothing, tools, fuel, ceremonial objects, even toys. Prior to acquiring horses in the 18th century, hunting individual animals on foot with bows and arrows was difficult and dangerous. As winter approached, tribes often joined in communal hunts to provide meat and hides for harsh winters by driving herds of buffalo over a cliff or into a trap where the animals were killed, butchered and processed in mass.

Tribes from across the northern Plains used the natural sinkhole, now known as the Vore Buffalo Jump, to trap bison between 1500 A.D. and 1800 A.D. The site's location at the interface between the open buffalo pastures of the plains and the shelter of the Black Hills, made it a magnet for the many groups vying for the area. native peoples used this site during a period of rapid and unprecedented cultural change partially brought about by the entry of European goods and people into the region. Huge volumes of bone and assorted artifacts have been held in place by the bowl shape of the sinkhole. These remains were quickly covered by sediments and are perfectly preserved in discrete, precisely datable layers. Archaeological study at the site has revealed much fascinating evidence about this period and its people.

Following the site's discovery during

Vore Buffalo Jump image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. Vore Buffalo Jump
construction of I-90 in the early 1970s, University of Wyoming archaeologists documented the exceptional quality and importance of the site in two summers of excavation. The family of Woodrow and Doris Vore donated the property to the non-profit Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation. The Foundation seeks to create a world=class visitor center and to continue scientific research, education and cultural programs at the site.
Location. 44° 32.168′ N, 104° 9.434′ W. Marker is in Aladdin, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on Old U.S. 14 2.8 miles east of Wyoming Route 111. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aladdin WY 82710, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ideal Hunting Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Preparing for Impending Blizzards (within shouting distance of this marker); Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success (within shouting distance of this marker); Paha Sapa, Black Hills (approx. 2.5 miles away); Petrified Trees (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named The Vore Buffalo Jump (approx. 2.5 miles away); Bird of the Black Hills (approx. 2.5 miles away); Rich Colors, Rich Lands (approx. 2.5 miles away).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 229 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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