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Buffalo Soldiers Coming to Blanco State Park, Saturday Feb. 9
Thursday, January 24, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013

The Buffalo Soldiers will be at Blanco State Park on Saturday, February 9 for a fun and educational outdoor experience for the entire family. This Heritage & Outreach program from Texas Parks & Wildlife is a lasting tribute to the Black soldiers who served in the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars campaign from 1866 to 1892, and emphasizes our shared western heritage of that historic time. The Native Americans had such great respect for the fighting abilities of these soldiers that they called them “Buffalo Soldiers,” because of the strength and courage they displayed in battle.

Buffalo soldiers were stationed at frontier forts and other military outposts from Texas to the Dakota territories to help with the westward expansion of the United States. “They helped build the West!!!”

On February 9 you will be able to visit frontier encampments and experience life as it was on the western frontier. Learn about the life of the Buffalo Soldiers including their history and culture. Participate in several outdoor activities such as backyard bass fishing with cane poles, Orienteering, Frontier baseball, Seminole Scouting which includes Native American stories and games, and animal tracking. Also learn about women of the frontier – especially Cathy Williams, the only documented case of a lady Buffalo Soldier.

The program runs from 10:00 through 4:00 and will be located at various sites throughout the park. The event is free with paid park entry. Entrance permits are $4 per person, children 12 and under are free.

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