National Geographic : 1981 Jul
KANSAS5TATIH IU luALWUIlY, IUlKA Hillocks of buffalo hides from 40,000 animals await a train eastfrom Dodge City, Kansas, in 1874. Seven years earlier,Bill Cody shot several thousand head to feed Kansasrailroadworkers, but later hunters killed millionsjustfor hides, bringingthe species close to extinction. Cody became a preserver; by 1890 his show herd of 18 was the third largestin captivity.Now safe, buffalo are raisedfor theirfine-textured meat. This herd of 2,400 roams free near Gillette, Wyoming.