Buffalo Statues

I never really noticed bison statues before, but suddenly these monuments to the noble beast seem to be everywhere!




Flagstaff, Arizona

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In the 1960's, Buffalo Park was an amusement park and menagerie which included elk, deer ... and bison. The animals are long gone; the only remaining vestiges of the original Buffalo Park are the entrance gateway and this bison statue which stands guard in front. The site is now a Flagstaff city park where one can hike, jog or bicycle in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks.
Directions: 2400 N. Gemini Drive (north end of Gemini Drive, on the north edge of Flagstaff).
Last Visited: June 2008.


Valle, Arizona

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I found this statue beside the highway on the way to the Grand Canyon, next to a motel and gas station. Why? I dunno. There were no signs, except one warning "Keep Off The Buffalo!"
Directions: 28 miles north of Williams on Highway 64, at the intersection of Highway 180 (NE corner of intersection).
Last Visited: June 2008.


Heber, Arizona

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This bison -- along with many other metal animals -- stands in front of AZ Wildlife Gallery.
Directions: 1839 AZ-260.
Last Visited: July 2015.


Overgaard, Arizona

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This small bison -- along with other metal animals -- stands in front of MJ Utah Connection Aluminum Statue.
Directions: 2824 AZ-260.
Last Visited: July 2019.


Snowflake, Arizona

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This bison stands in front of the Thunder Realty office.
Directions: 1513 N. Main.
Last Visited: October 2009.


Show Low, Arizona

Statues may be seen at several locations along Highway 260 west of Show Low, advertising Bison Homes.
Last Visited: September 2010.

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At the entrance to Bison Crossing, northeast side of Highway 260 (Clark Rd.) at Bison Parkway.

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In front of a closed realty building, northeast side of Highway 260 (Clark Rd.) at Cooley Road.

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At the entrance to Bison Ridge, southwest side of Highway 260 (Clark Rd.) at Bison Ridge Trail.


Holbrook, Arizona

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This statue is small, but makes up for it by being surrounded by large pieces of petrified wood.
Directions: At Scotty & Son Towing and Auto Repair, corner of Navajo Boulevard and (appropriately enough) E. Buffalo Street.
Last Visited: July 2008.



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This statue attracts tourists to the Painted Desert Indian Center.
Directions: East of Holbrook at Interstate 40 exit 303.
Last Visited: October 2009.


Williams, Arizona

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Appropriately, this statue stands in front of the Buffalo Pointe Inn and Restaurant.
Directions: 437 W. Route 66.
Last Visited: July 2008.



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I spotted this small bison in front of the Food Mart convenience store at a Chevron gas station.
Directions: 1050 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.
Last Visited: August 2018.


Seligman, Arizona

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This giant is found in front of the shopping center that looks like an Old West town ... including a restaurant that serves Buffalo Burgers!
Directions: North side of Route 66.
Last Visited: July 2008.


Kohl's Ranch, Arizona

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I photographed this statue through the fence of a gated property signed Kohl's Cattle Co.
Directions: 289 W. Kohl Rd (statue is at southwest corner of property).
Last Visited: July 2008.


Payson, Arizona

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This statue is in front of Bison Homes' White Mountains Vacation Club Information Center.
Directions: Corner of Beeline Highway and McKamey Street.
Last Visited: October 2008.
Update: When I visited again in October 2009, the statue was gone and the business was closed (the statue may have been moved to Show Low -- see above).



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This bison is one of many metal critters on display in front of the Art & Antique Corral.
Directions: Corner of Beeline Highway and Phoenix St.
Last Visited: October 2009.

On a return visit to the Art & Antique Corral in July 2010, I did not see the small buffalo above, but found the two new large buffalo shown below.

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This smallish statue is just inside the door of the Buffalo Bar & Grill.
Directions: 311 S. Beeline Highway (at Bonita Street).
Last Visited: August 2013.



Scottsdale, Arizona

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This is one of a pair of bison statues that guard the entrance to the Bison Museum.
Directions: 16641 North 91st Street (south of Bell Road).
Last Visited: June 2008.
Update: The museum closed in the summer of 2009; the fate of the statues is unknown (they may have migrated to Show Low -- see above).




Phoenix, Arizona

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This colorful buffalo is found in front of Long Wong's Restaurant and Cantina.
Directions: 2812 E. Thomas Rd.
Last Visited: September 2008.



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I spotted this buffalo hiding among the bric-a-brac in the front yard of a private residence.
Directions: 8009 W. Weldon Ave.
Last Visited: September 2009.


Cave Creek, Arizona

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This buffalo stands on the roof of the Buffalo Chip Saloon.
Directions: 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Last Visited: May 2009. Update November 2015: In November 2015 the Buffalo Chip Saloon was destroyed in a fire; news photos showed the buffalo statue upside down on the ground.



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This buffalo in front of The Town Dump ("One of the world's most unusual stores") is for sale; asking price: $2800.
Directions: 6820 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Last Visited: May 2009.


Carefree, Arizona

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These three buffalo stand on private property but are visible from a public street.
Directions: On southwest corner of Tom Darlington Drive (Scottsdale Road) and Languid Lane, one block north of Carefree Highway. Visible over the wall along the south side of Languid Lane.
Last Visited: September 2012.


Tucson, Arizona

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These three bison live at Copper Country Antiques.
Directions: 5055 E. Speedway Blvd. (northwest corner of Speedway Blvd. and Rosemont Blvd.).
Last Visited: November 2015. Update December 2015: Copper Country Antiques is scheduled to close by the end of the month, and the buffalo statues (except for the one on the roof) will be sold off



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Directions: In the front yard of 1936 N. Zarragoza Dr.
Last Visited: December 2019.


Newport Beach, California

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Directions: Northeast corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Ford Road / Bonita Canyon Drive.
Last Visited: October 2010.


Morongo Valley, California

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Directions: Willie Boy's Saloon, 50048 29 Palms Highway.
Last Visited: March 2011.


Vidal Junction, California

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Two buffalo statues (one large and one small) stand on the roof of this service station.
Directions: 200 CA-62 (northwest corner of Highways 62 and 95).
Last Visited: May 2017 (gone in November 2018 Google Maps street view).


Desert Tower, Jacumba Hot Springs, California

I found three buffalo statues (full or partial) at this tourist attraction.
Directions: In-Ko-Pah Park Rd via I-8 exit 77. Open 9-5 daily (admission fee required to enter Desert Tower and Boulder Park).
Last Visited: October 2019.

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One of many animals carved out of the granite of Boulder Park.

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In a rock wall at the Desert Tower entrance.

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A buffalo head, inside the Desert Tower.


Hole N" The Rock, Utah

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Among the many unusual artworks on the grounds of Hole N" The Rock, I found these two small bison statues.
Directions: 11037 S. Highway 191 (12 miles south of Moab).
Last Visited: October 2008.


Kanab, Utah

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This bison in front of the Kane County Office of Tourism is decorated with the scenenic and cinematic attractions of the area. The artwork by Arlene Sibley, titled "Film-Buff," was sponsored by the Utah Film Commission.
Directions: 78 S 100 E (U.S. 89 at E. 100 St.).
Last Visited: October 2014.


Eagle Nest, New Mexico

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This bison stands in front of Spirit Wind Gallery.
Directions: 124 E. Therma St (U.S. Highway 64).
Last Visited: May 2019.


Monroe, Ohio

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This statue inside the main entrance of the Trader's World flea market is billed as "Buffy -- Ohio's Biggest." It was formerly located on top of a restaurant in Indiana.
Directions: I75 Exit 29, east 3/4 mile on Highway 62. Fee to enter.
Last Visited: April 2008.



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