Sunday, July 6, 2008
Historic Sites of Branson, Missouri - Part Five
This is a view of the bison or buffalo herd at Dogwood Valley Nature Park near Branson, Missouri.
It is difficult to believe today, but these huge and majestic animals once roamed the Ozarks in great herds. Over hunting and the expansion of the frontier drove them out of the region in just a few decades.
Today, however, they can be seen again grazing in sight of the mountains. Dogwood Valley, owned jointly with nearby Big Cedar Lodge by Bass Pro Shops, preserves thousands of acres of beautiful Ozark scenery. The naturalists there are working to reintroduce a variety of rare native animals to the park, including bison and elk. They can be seen on the guided tram tour that takes visitors through miles of beautiful park terrain.
Our series will continue. To read more before the next post, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/branson1.