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The Buffalo County Training School
The Buffalo County Training School began classes in 1902 in this building which now houses the Alma Area Museum.
This is a round barn on the Herold bluff.
Many barns sit idle these days. At one time there were a number of round barns in the county. This one was on the Herold bluff. Photo courtesy MaryAnn Hurlburt
This threshing crew is ready to move in the Praag area
Note that the stack is in front of this machine. E. F. Ganz once wrote that \\\"The machines were kept going into the winter as long as deep snow allowed for stack threshing. To lug an outfit from one valley to another on bobs was not less common than for a man to carry a borrowed breaking plow across the bluffs on his back.\\\" Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd Schaub
The Huber buffalo herd from Rose Valley, near Cochrane
The Huber brothers brought a buffalo bull back from the West by using a buckboard with the floor removed as a travelling corral. This bull helped them form the only buffalo herd in the county since the white man had appeared in 1839. Prior to that, Father Louis Hennepin had named the Buffalo River when he was taken past it in 1680 and saw buffalo near the mouth of the river.
Real horsepower was often used in Buffalo County
Horsepower was used to move a building in Gilmanton. The structure is still used for the post office. Photo courtesy Velva Molland
The 29th Buffalo County Historical Society Backroads Tour will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, beginning at the Alma Area Museum, in the old Buffalo County Training School. This year’s route works its way from the Alma Area Museum up to Buena Vista, then by the Danzinger Vineyards building and vineyards through Herold. After a brief stop at the Herold Cemetery in honor of the five Civil War veteran buried there, the route meanders along County Road E down the valley to Cream, where we will highlight the Ponderosa bar, Cream store, and original site of the Buffalo County Fair. From Cream, the tour follows State Highway 88 to Praag including the history of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (including the two Civil War veterans buried in that cemetery), the Lincoln School, Club 88, Bucknuckles Bar, and the Lincoln Town Hall where the tour will end.
This is a self-guided tour, and tour booklets will be made available on the 27th at the Alma Area Museum from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Extra brochures will be available at the end of the tour as well as at the Buffalo County Historical Society office following the tour.
This year’s tour ending will include Hank Schultz along with Evangeline Ludwigson sharing their memories of life in the area along the tour route. There will be time to share memories of this year’s route with others in the Lincoln Town Hall following the tour as well as to ask questions about the route and meet fellow route travelers.
Please mark your calendars now, and come with us on this wonderful drive back in time through a few of Buffalo County’s backroads and visit some of its wonderful cultural icons. If you have any questions, please contact the Buffalo County Historical Society at 608-685-6290.