Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fairburn in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Buffalo Corrals

 
 
The Buffalo Corrals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
1. The Buffalo Corrals Marker
Inscription. Commonly called "buffalo", bison (Bison bison) are North America's largest land mammal, and one of Custer State Park's most valuable resources.
Sometimes called "Lord of the Plains" the buffalo is a unique animal. A mature bull can stand up to six feet high at the shoulder and weigh nearly a ton. Looking very docile as they graze on the open prairie, buffalo can outrun a horse and turn with amazing agility. Stay in or near your vehicle when viewing buffalo. The Custer State Park herd averages about 1,450 animals after the calves are born. The herd is reduced to about 950 animals by public auction.

These corrals are used primarily in the fall when the annual buffalo roundup and auction are held. During the roundup in October the herd is brought into the corrals, calves are branded and females are vaccinated; approximately 500 animals are sorted for sale stock and then tested to meet state livestock regulations.

The bison that will remain in the park are released. Sale stock remain in the corrals until the auction on the third Saturday of November.

Buyers come from all over the United States and Canada to purchase bison from the park for breeding stock or for slaughter.
 
Location. 43° 39.438′ N, 103° 21.816′ W. Marker is in Fairburn, South Dakota

The Buffalo Corrals image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. The Buffalo Corrals
, in Custer County. Marker is on Wildlife Loop Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Custer State Park. There is an entry fee. Marker is in this post office area: Fairburn SD 57738, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Life in a Prairie Dog Town (approx. 8˝ miles away); Paha Sapa Limestone (approx. 9 miles away); The CCC's Enduring Legacy (approx. 9 miles away); Wildlife and Fire (approx. 9.2 miles away); After the Fire (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Galena Fire Chronology (approx. 9.2 miles away); Jedediah Strong Smith’s Route - - 1823 (approx. 10.1 miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Animals
 
Part of the Custer State Park buffalo herd image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
3. Part of the Custer State Park buffalo herd
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 607 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
Paid Advertisement