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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ride a Swimming Buffalo?

Having fun at
Cortland Du Rand Big Elk Ranch
Martinsdale, Montana



"Where guests ride swimming Buffalo ..." We're not sure if we would do that or not. How about you? This old card from our postcard collection is probably pretty rare. A Google search for "Cortland Du Rand Big Elk Ranch" has no results. Our guess on publishing date ... 1920s or 30s.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

18 comments:

  1. I will pass on riding a swimming buffalo! lol

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  2. Marketing science clearly wasn't well evolved for these folks. chortle

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  3. Well, the postcard survived the decades, but I guess not much else did. Very interesting, John. :-)

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  4. John, that sounds too bizarre for words! Why would anyone even want to ride a stinky old buffalo?

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    1. Good question Linda Kay! : - ) Maybe if the buffalo were regular swimmers they didn't stink so much??? Ha Ha

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  5. I wouldn't wish to ride a buffalo...swimming or otherwise. This is quite something, John! :)

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  6. hmmm. sure hope those animals were well-treated even if made to do weird things.

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    1. Hi Tex, Sure agree ... hope all animals are well treated! This kind of thing reminds me of rodeo type stuff ... you know, riding bulls, racing horses around barrels,etc. There is possible disagreement on whether that is good treatment. Like the card says, It was "the only place like it in the world." Wish we had more info on it!

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  7. To me that sounds like a lot of fun :)
    If you fall down you don't hurt yourself :))
    Have a fine day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  8. Ride a swimming buffalo... Ok, I am just going to say it. Those old west people were a lot braver than us modern folks. I read that and the only thing I could think is today NO ONE would offer that because of the insurance liability! :-) We are a safe people, but sadly we will never ride a swimming buffalo.

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  9. I'm thinking that they would never get away with that today. I've swum horses through deep water and it feels very safe as they fell like strong swimmers.

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  10. Oh my. I would assume this place is not in business today. I don't think I would ride a buffalo

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  11. I am not sure I would ride a buffalo but I sure did like this card.

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  12. I think my daughter would ride on a Buffalo. And I would make a photo ...

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  13. Interesting.. I would rather enjoy just seeing the buffalo and elk in their natural habitat.. wild & free.

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  14. Sounds like a strange and wild ranch to visit. I've seen buffalo at Jacob's Well in Kansas and don't think they'd take affably to being ridden! I have enough trouble just staying on a horse!

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  15. It seems like people in the 40s would do anything to get paying customers! :-) Like ostrich races...you name it! :-)

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