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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Buffalo Park

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Buffalo Park Marker
Inscription.  The City of Flagstaff purchased this land in 1959 from the United States Forest Service.

In 1964, James Potter, Sr., long-time resident, entrepreneur and Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce President, led the effort to form a non-profit organization, lease the site from the city, and operate Buffalo Park as a tourist attraction and wildlife refuge for elk, deer, antelope, and of course, bison. A blend of Old West and Navajo culture was represented with stagecoach rides, cowboy storytellers and native artists.

In 1973, the Flagstaff City Council officially dedicated the site for municipal park and recreation purposes, and has provided this public regional park for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors.

James Potter, Sr. (1923-1999) was the park's original designer. His dream became a reality with the help of the founding park committee and generous donations of time and money from the community.

We acknowledge the vision, energy, and determination of those who made Buffalo Park possible.

Founding Park Committee:
James M Potter, Sr. • John G. Babbitt • Ernest Chilson • Robert
Buffalo Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Buffalo Park Marker
W. Prochnow • Platt Cline • Rollin Wheeler

Special Thanks To:
Charles Bonnie, Jr., Sculptor • Bar R. Bar Ranch • Yellowstone National Park • William Campbell, Warner Bros. Studio • O.T. Gillette, Old West Storyteller • Dorothy Secody & Sally Tee, Navajo Weavers
 
Erected by City of Flagstaff.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 35° 13.066′ N, 111° 37.956′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from North Gemini Drive. Marker is in parking lot at north end of Gemini Drive in Buffalo Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beale Wagon Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizonal Trail - A Tribute to Dale Shewalter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beale Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Flagstaff Flag - Raising (approx. 1.4 miles away); Church of the Nativity (approx. 1½ miles away); Flagstaff's Founding (approx. 1.6 miles away); Babbitt Brothers Building (approx. 1.6 miles away); Verkamp Building (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,124 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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