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| Here is a buffalo I found on a trip to Oklahoma City. We had been to St. Anthony's Hospital, and on the way back to I-40 I spotted it a block away. I made my husband turn around and go back so that I could take a picture. I am trying to get as many pictures of them as I can because I collect buffalo and love to take their picture when I see them.
Thanks for your hard work on this.
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We will be having company from Georgia and Texas
in the next month and I am hoping to take them
on a "buffalo tour". Such fun!
Love the idea of a book. I have taken over 200
pictures myself and have books on the cows in
Kansas City and the jayhawks in Lawrence, KS.
I'm sure there would be a market for it. The
idea of another 100 new ones next year also
sounds great. The project has been such fun
and I certainly have seen parts of Oklahoma
City, Bricktown, and the rest of the state that
I had never seen before.
My favorite buffalo was the very last one I
saw. My sister and I looked for a long time
yesterday for the white pearl buffalo. We drove
around and around the Oklahoma and Sheridan
area in Bricktown. When I got home and looked
on my computer, the location had been changed
to Main & Oklahoma inside the Karchmer Properties
Bldg. We went back this morning and the subject
buffalo is really spectacular. With the exception
of three that were at the Fair, we have seen
all of the ones in Oklahoma City. I have to
see "Mr. Mac" because I know the artist
(Linda Tuma Robertson). Her daughter roomed
with my granddaughter at OSU. I have had many
fun hours looking at buffalo.
Keeping the buffalos up
As an artist (Barry Bosnyak - "Stampede
of Stars") I realize I could be considered
biased, but I am also a fan of the project as
a whole. I have tried to take photos myself
of all of the Buffalo for my own record of the
event. And I have spent a few Saturdays walking
around downtown with friends and family. My
aforementioned biased opinion is that it would
be great for the buffalo to stay up past September
- at least the ones that are holding up. I don't
know if it realistic to ask that they stay up
through the centennial, but It would sure be
neat to see them in the fall and winter - how
cool would it be to see them covered in ice
and snow? I also think it would be really cool
to produce a coffee-table book of the Buffalo.
There seems to plenty of great photography of
the Buffalo both by the Nature Conservancy and
the public - and I'm sure if they were left
through the fall and winter there could be some
beautiful photography yet to come. I would volunteer
my page layout and graphic art services to layout
the book if needed.
On the issue of the centennial, many people
have spoken to me about how I could paint a
buffalo "next year." I know this is a one-time
project, but I was wondering, if there seemed
to be enough demand, if there was a chance that
the project might be repeated around the actual
centennial. Maybe there could be a 100 new buffalo
as well as re-exhibiting some of the buffalo
from this original project.
Just a couple thoughts from a biased fan of
Out of state visitors...
I think if the Buffalo get to stay then we should
promote them so that out-of-state visitors will
be more aware of them. I work in Leadership
Square & there are always people down looking
& photographing our small "herd"!
Please leave our endangered species alone &
let them stay!
LOVE the buffalo!!!
I really hope you keep them around longer! I
spent an entire weekend in August traveling
all over the City and Norman and Ardmore looking
for them. I found almost all of them and really
hope to find the rest!!!
This is a photo of my grandmother, Joyce. Her
niece is Tamara Sigler. Tamara painted "Bufferflies"
& "Wichita Landscape". My grandmother
has had her picture taken with many of the Buffalo.
She has really enjoyed seeing what all of the
different artist have come up with. Although I
think she is partial to her niece Tammy's "Butterflies"
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work downtown & love being able to see the Buffalos
5 days a week!!! I agree with all the others
that have commented about needed replicas!!!
I collect the Cow Parade [saw them in Kansas
City, & yes it was hard to find them!] & would
love to add some Buffalos to my collection!!
My youngest son was fascinated as a child with
buffalo so I sent him this website to check
them out. At the time, he was serving his country
in the Persian Gulf. He's in the Navy & enjoyed
getting to see the pictures and areas of his
One of my younger brothers lives in Oaxaca Mexico
so I sent him the picture of the Oaxacan Buffalo.
It was good for him too, so see areas of his
home state!!! I hope a way can be found to keep
them around for a while longer...the are an
ASSET to our community & our state!
think the buffalo not only brought so much interest
to the people of our city, but also to people
of other states. I have heard many people say
that taking a tour to see the buffalo passed
the time of day when in between meetings. They
were so impressed with our city. The buffalo
is part of Okla. History. I cannot thank the
artists enough for their wonderful and beautiful
work. I do hope the buffalo stay here.
went on a buffalo hunt with house guest who
was from Germany. Her comment was that the buffalo
were great and it would be a shame for the buffalo
to go way. She felt this was something our city
would become known for and that others would
want to come to OKC to see them.
told my (grown) sons that, like the little old
lady that chains herself to a tree to save it,
if I thought it would help I'd chain myself
to one of the buffalo (the hardest part would
be picking which one!!). They both threatened
to disown me. . . although I think it was tongue-in-cheek,
I don't think I'll test their resolve!!
Hopefully they will be around at least through
the Statehood celebration.
Thanks for a WONDERFUL "program"!!
Here is a picture of my boyfriend Johnny and myself
with the most elusive buffalo, Will "The
Wiley" Flying Buffalo. He lives at Will Rogers
and you can only see him if you are a ticketed
passenger. I have been telling everyone that if
I sponsored a buffalo I would want him to be the
hardest one to find or to get to. For example
putting one on top of the spinning U-Haul truck
downtown would have been awesome. We went to Colorado
last week so I got my chance to have my picture
taken with Will.
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Hi, y'all! I'm up to 74 on my buffalo visits,
thanks to a nice friend I met through these "tails."
She drove around the block so I could visit some
of the buffalo in areas where it's hard to find
parking. I am happy to see there are a lot more
beautiful photos and artist's explanations in
the buffalo scapes and buffalo gallery areas.
And the buffalo polls are "going my way." Happy
hunting everybody! Lilmoongal13@aol.com
I have enjoyed exploring your website and am looking
forward to seeing the buffalo in person.
I believe that somewhere along the way, there
was mention of voting to extend the time the buffalo
would be on display...it would be wonderful to
have it available through the holidays, at the
very least. Considering that the football season
will be bringing vast numbers of visitors in from
other states and that so many families will have
relatives coming for Thanksgiving and Christmas,
I should think it would be a wonderful and very
popular tourist attraction -- one more reason
to enjoy downtown Oklahoma City.
Also, Ann DeFrange's article in the Norman Section
of The Daily Oklahoman (Tuesday, September 14,
2004 -- page 15A) states that according to this
website, "groups and individuals are designing
tours, safaris, scavenger hunts and photo junkets."
I was unable to find any such information and
would greatly appreciate it if you could tell
me where to look for details on those topics.
me if you know of any tours.
I haven't been to see the buffaloes myself as
I live out of town, but my grandson has and he
I was glad to see the buffalo hit the streets
of downtown, etc. Originally, from OKC, my family
and I moved to St. Paul, MN from 1996 to 2001,
then we moved back. They had a similar thing going
there, only it was Charles Shultz's Peanuts characters.
They kept them out for 6 to 12 months, auctioned
them off, waited awhile and then put out another
character (first was Snoopy, then Lucy, then Charlie
Brown, etc.). This kept the event going, but also
added some "newness" to the displays
every year or so. You may want to talk to the
St. Paul Chamber of Commerce or Arts Council (?)
to get the details of how they did it, and how
successful it was. I believe it brought a lot
of people downtown who wouldn't normally go. Some
tried to get their picture with each Snoopy, etc.
I'm really enjoying the buffalo! I've been downtown
4 times and also to Ardmore once. I have taken
about 5 rolls of film. I'm making an album. It's
been great fun. I have my list and camera with
me all the time. I just missed seeing the buffalo
at the Capitol, hoping to see them at the State
I was fortunate to meet several of the artist!
This has been great fun, drawn me downtown and
surrounding areas. I've talked to others that
are having as much fun as I am. My Aunt is visiting
from New York, we took her downtown too. I think
she enjoyed the buffalo most of all.
E. L. Cox
I am a huge fan of the Spirit of the Buffalo project
and I know many many others who are as well. I
have taken over 2,000 pictures and see a new 'view'
of them each time I visit.
I would like to see them stay indefinitely and
would be very willing to contribute to the cost
of keeping the website active.
It would be great if a program could be setup
to allow SOB enthusiasts to participate in the
cost of keeping the website active and updated.
Something like the 'adopt a bison', but this would
pertain strictly to the Spirit of the Buffalo
Hopefully, one or more of the sponsors will be
willing to manage a project to keep the SOB projects
on display and the website active. I personally
would be willing to help with this effort.
The Buffalo Polls are a good tool to see what
the interest level is in the project.
I think if miniatures of the buffalo were for
sale, they would be very popular and would help
defray the cost of preserving them. The "long
horns" in Dallas were available to purchase
several years ago.
I Live Massachusetts, but was born and raised
in Bethany, Okla. Recently I returned to OK for
my sister's 50th Birthday and my father set up
a contest for my family to see who could photograph
the most buffalo. It was only in OkC and Bricktown
(maps were provided thanks to the Spirit of Buffalo
website.) We all agreed that we had more fun than
we've had in OKC in a long time.
I would love to see the buffalo stay until the
Centennial celebration. I think they bring a lot
to OKC. A special thanks to the sponsors who made
this all possible.
PS the day after my sisters left for CT, OH and
Walters,OK, my mother and I went looking for the
buffalo at the capitol building (they were at
the governor's Mansion), we saw the one at the
Zoo, at Lake Hefner, and Kerrphilo at 12501 May
Ave. Another great day of exploring the ever Expanding
Thanks again for an enjoyable visit.
Linda (Corley) Appleman
Hi, My husband and I have photographed over 30
Buffalo in the past two days. Although parking
is not very accessible downtown we managed to
find quite a few. I have posted these on my hometown
website www.lowestoftonline.com - you can see
the pictures here.
Lowestoft is the most easterly point in the British
Isles and lots of the members have commented on
the Buffalo. Elvis & the Buffalo Soldier being
the most popular. One member even sent the "Elvis"-Blue
Suede Hooves to his niece in Crete who is a big
Elvis fan -so you see they are getting around.
We have company coming from Lowestoft in October
and they are very anxious to see the Buffalo.
What a great tourist attraction for our State
and a treat for tourists and residents alike.
A great big "Thank-you" to all the artists and
everyone associated with this project. Please
keep them around for a long time.
Megan F Harris
Del City OK 73115
I have enjoyed the buffaloes so much and have
taken friends from Edmond, Oklahoma City, California,
and Kansas City to see them. A friend and I have
the goal of seeing all of them and have seen the
ones in Norman and Oklahoma City. We are off to
see the other cities soon. In particular, I have
loved the ones with Oklahoma history on them.
Thanks so much for having them for us.
When I read about the buffalo project I decided
to try to visit each of them before September
30. "Visiting" means actually getting out of the
car and walking up to, or near, the buffalo. So
far I've visited sixty-four including the four
in Ardmore and the one in Checotah. I believe
there are twenty-two left on my list now. Is anybody
else keeping a count of their "buffalo bounty?"
If so, please let me know at Lilmoongal13@aol.com
I recently read that there is talk of keeping
the buffalo out past the September 30th date and
certainly hope it may be possible! I've met a
lot of nice families, couples and single people
out on my trek, all enjoying the buffalo experience.
According to one text I've read, some Native Americans
consider the buffalo to be a totem of prayer and
abundance and consider them "a sign of support
to complete a new endeavor."
My wife, Laurie, and I belong to the Oklahoma
Bicycle Society. A few members have gotten together
for two different trips in the downtown area to
locate all the buffalo we can find. We have a
great time hunting for buffalo by bike.
is a web site I am working on that shows pictures
of our travels.
The joy of touring is riding your bike, meeting
people, having adventures and seeing the country!
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You have done a wonderful job putting this together.
The number and diverse group of sponsors, the
number of talented artists that have turned these
fiberglass replicas into works of art and all
the other unknown things you and your group of
volunteers have done overshadows any other project
attempted in this city. Congratulations on a job
well done. I had some friends stay with my wife
and I over the 4th of July weekend. On Sunday
we brought them to Bricktown and had a great time
looking for and at the numerous Buffalos scattered
around downtown. I wished there was a way to keep
this going beyond September. I will truly miss
seeing the Buffalos on my trips downtown. Oklahoma's
Centennial celebration is only a few years away,
what a great addition the Buffalos would be to
this "once a lifetime" celebration.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Oklahoma
City and will come back again sometime in the
future. We particularly enjoyed the Cowboy Museum,
the Chilhuly exhibit, the Botanical Gardens, and
your wonderful Bricktown. The buffalos scattered
around town were an innovative touch...here is
a picture of my wife in front of one. Sincerely
Chuck & Jayne Feldman
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Took tour of the city today & the buffalo are
the neatest I've ever seen! Thank you so much!
Sure hope we can keep them for a while.
THANKS AGAIN FOR MAKING OUR DAY!
Red Hat Society
Emrick's Van & Storage, agent for Allied Van Lines
is proud to be part of the Spirit of the Buffalo.
Our office and crew have enjoyed being some of
the first people to see the completed buffalos.
Many of Emrick's employees have traveled around
downtown on weekends to show them off to their
Stacy Baker Cumpton
Emrick's Van & Storage
Enid, OK Oklahoma City, OK
405-946-4472 ext. 124
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Dear Nature Conservancy,
It's been great to see the buffalos around--we
particularly like the one on our Health Sciences
Center campus. My parents own land in Mustang
where, to this day, there are still many buffalo
"wallers". My dad pointed them out to
me--I just thought they were little ponds! It's
sad to see that the wallers still exist nearly
100 years later but the buffalo are no longer
Sheryl Buckner RN, MS, CM
Clinical Instructor and Case Manager
University of Oklahoma
morning! I love the buffalo photos and project!
Excellent! I have a buffalo story...
My late father Russel Richter used to work at
the Holiday Inn in Enid, Oklahoma. (it has since
closed.) At one point in our recent cultural history
(early 1980's I suppose), there was a buffalo
that 'acted' in tv commercials and that appeared
in print ads. That buffalo came to Enid many years
ago on a publicity tour. It was a hot summer.
To give the animal some freedom and relief from
the heat, the caretakers led the buffalo from
its trailer and staked him out one afternoon on
the back lawn of the Holiday Inn property. Of
course, daddy went to take a close look at the
lone animal. Daddy knew that my best friend Tom,
a Cherokee from Nowata, saw the buffalo as his
power image, his totem. Well, daddy thought that
Tom could use a bit more power, something substantial
and tangible. He got a pair of scissors and approached
the buffalo cautiously. He got close enough to
the animal to cut some of his hair from his neck.
In the process, the buffalo tossed his head and
daddy to the ground, but other than that, no harm.
Daddy put the hair in a glass box and glued a
metal buffalo on the top and presented the gift
to Tom. Today, Tom still has this gift of the
buffalo and of daddy on his office desk. There
is power in the buffalo--of friendship and of
legacy between generations and beyond the grave.
Sara Jane Richter, Ph.D.
Dean, Liberal Arts Professor, English
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
couple of years ago, we traveled to San Antonio
to see the "Cows on Parade." It was very frustrating
that there was not a compiled listing of the locations
of the cows. We relentlessly searched the web
in vain and stopped by the downtown San Antonio
tourism office, leaving frustrated. You've done
an excellent job both with the web site and the
buffalo! Thanks to the Downtowner for publishing
the locations and map of the buffalo. I collect
the miniature "cows." Hope to add miniature buffalo
have been following your progress...I'm a photography
nut and have enjoyed taking photos of all the
buffalos. I love the idea and I have sold the
idea for several of my co-workers, friends, and
family to go see these. Many were totally unaware these
I know of a couple of church groups that are starting
do "buffalo hunts" on weekends. I hope this works
well for "The Nature Conservancy" since I would
enjoy more of these type of "art shows/fund raisers",
along with the very positive message and feelings
it gives the city.
GREAT Idea!!! THANK YOU!
LOVE THE BUFFALO'S! THEY ARE FANTASTIC! I collect
the "Cow Parade" replicas, so I think that it
is wonderful that my state is doing something
similar with something that represents our state:
the buffalo. I have seen most of the ones in
OKC this past weekend. I was short on time or
I would have found all of them. Also, will you
be creating the replicas for sale to the public
like the "Cow Parade" has done? Thanks and keep
up the great work
SO MUCH!!! My family and I are going on a "buffalo
hunt." We want to see as many of the buffalos
as we possibly can. Your web site will help us
tremendously! Several family members have worked
at some of the places that have displayed or sponsored
these buffalos...we want to get photos of those
Will there be miniatures...like the Cow Parade?
Charles and Eva Cox
Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.