Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Old Buﬀalo Wallow
Buffalo existed in the millions in North America, ranging throughout the western and central plains of Texas. They were pursued seasonally by the plains Indians, who subsisted on the food and clothing the buffalo provided. In the late 19th century, railroads bisected their trails, isolating the herds and providing transportation of meat and hides to distant markets. In Texas vast buffalo slaughters were encouraged in the 1870s by the army, who wanted to deprive Indians of their commissary; settlers, who had crops trampled and forage consumed by the passing herds; and hunters, who realized quick profit particularly from hides.
The buffalo had all but disappeared from this area when Odessa was founded in 1886.
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3697.)
Location. 31° 53.514′ N, 102° 20.146′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 191. Touch for map. Marker is behind the building at 4800 E. 42nd St. at Central Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4800 East 42nd Street, Odessa TX 79762, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Ben Shepperd (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmet V. Headlee, M.D (approx. 1.2 miles away); Temple Beth El (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sewell Ford (approx. 2 miles away); Ector County's First Dry Hole (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ector County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Comanche War Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); West Texas Relays (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.