Fort Pierre in Stanley County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Scotty Philip and his Buffalo Ranch
During one of the last buffalo hunts along the Grand River in northwestern South Dakota, rancher Fred Dupree captured five buffalo calves. Dupre, and later his son Pete, grew the herd which was purchased by "Scotty" Philip at the turn of the century. Today, many of the buffalo across North America are descended from this herd. Post card of Scotty Philip and a buffalo from his herd in Fort Pierre, Courtesy Verendrye Museum
Scotty came to Dakota in 1875 during the Black Hills gold rush. A few years later, he married Sarah Larabee and settled down in Stanley County. Because Sarah was part American Indian, Scotty was able to ranch on the Great Sioux Reservation. After becoming a successful cattleman, Scotty made the profound decision to save the buffalo from extinction.
After purchasing Dupree's herd, Scotty drove them to his buffalo pasture located directly north of here. The pasture was ringed with an extra strong fence to prevent the buffalo from breaking out and returning to their home along the Grand River. Over the years this herd flourished.
Scotty died in 1911, and is Buried directly to your west
Buffalo herd at Scotty Philip ranch 1902, courtesy Bill Fischer Collection
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and the Pierre/Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
Location. 44° 23.38′ N, 100° 23.336′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, in Stanley County. Marker is at the intersection of Benjamin Street and Fort Chauteau Road, on the right on Benjamin Street. Marker is located near the entrance to the Fort Pierre Chouteau Historic Landmark. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2812 Benjamin St, Fort Pierre SD 57532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Pierre Chouteau and the "Yellow Stone" (here, next to this marker); Rivers and Trails (here, next to this marker); Fort Pierre Chouteau (within shouting distance of this marker); Fur Trade on the Upper Missouri River (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Pierre Chouteau: Fur Trade (1832-1855) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cultures Come Together (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Pierre Chouteau SiteArchaeology at Fort Pierre Chouteau (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierre.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.