Genesee Buffalo Herd


Address: 500 acres of Genesee Park's 2400 acres, N. & S. of Interstate 70, between Exits 254 & 253, 80401.

Denver enclosed 160 acres of Genesee Park for 23 wild elk and seven bison in 1914. Caretakers lived in the historic Patrick House (1860) located east of Chief Hosa Lodge (1918) and south of Interstate 70. Wildlife conservation was the primary purpose of establishing the preserve. Also, World War I was causing scarcities and semi-domesticated bison and elk could provide supplemental meat should the supply of beef and poultry run out. Denver Mountain Parks must comply with USDA livestock immunization rules. The herd pasture now includes 500 acres on both sides of the highway (crossed by a tunnel underneath) for maintaining approximately 30 adult bison and 20 elk. Each bison eats 150 tons (at $130 per ton) of native grass hay cut at Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs. Proceeds from the spring sale of 25-30 bison provides funding for the feed and veterinarian services. Caretaker Marty Homola, who lives in the Patrick House, said, "You can't put a monetary value on these bison. People stop to see them every day just to be reminded of the Wild West."
Quad Map/Date: Evergreen, 1994
Sec/Town/Range: S11&14, T4S, R71W
Elevation: 7600-7800
Source: National Register of Historic Places- Multiple Property Documentation of Denver Mountain Parks 1988; (Denver) Municipal Facts 1917-1923; Interview, Marty Homola, buffalo keeper, 1997; Interview, J. Tripp Addison, Denver Mountain Parks Superintendent; "City and Mountain Views," December 1995; Lomond, "Mt. Vernon Canyon Past to Present."
Other Names: Genesee Park
 


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