Buffalo Park - Flagstaff, AZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog
N 35° 13.068 W 111° 37.966
12S E 442411 N 3897380
Quick Description: This plaque at the entrance to Buffalo Park gives some history of the land and how it became a park; in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2020 4:04:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM1363K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
Views: 4

Long Description:
This bronze plaque, under the head of the buffalo statue at the entrance to Buffalo Park, provides a brief history of how this land was acquired and transformed into a park. The full text of the marker is

"The City of Flagstaff purchased this land in 1959 from the United States Forest Service.

In 1964, James Potter, Sr., long-time resident, entrepreneur, and Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce President, led the effort to form a non-profit organization, lease the site from the city, and operate Buffalo Park as a tourist attraction and wildlife refuge for elk, deer, antelope, and, of course, bison. A blend of Old West and Navajo culture was represented with stagecoach rides, cowboy storytellers and native artists.

In 1973, the Flagstaff City Council officially dedicated the site for municipal park and recreation purposes, and has provided this public regional park for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors.

James Potter, Sr. (1923-1999) was the park's original designer. His dream became a reality with the help of the founding park committee and generous donations of time and money from the community.

We acknowledge the vision, energy, and determination of those who made Buffalo Park possible."
Marker Name: Buffalo Park

Type of history commemorated: Place

County: Coconino

Name of any agency/ agencies setting marker:
City of Flagstaff

Year placed: unknown

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