Friday, December 11, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015

For thousands of years, huge herds of buffalo roamed North America, from the upper reaches of the continent down through Mexico. They were a dominant force, and part of the largest community of wild animals in the history of the world. 

With the buffalo's long history comes an equally fascinating history of products and trinkets made from the animal, from Native Americans' use of them in everyday life to the clothes and novelty trinkets made today.

The Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival may only be celebrating its 22nd year, compared to the roundup's 50th, but it's an equally essential part of one of South Dakota's greatest events, according to organizers.

By the late 1800s, the American buffalo was teetering on extinction, decimated by decades of hunting and slaughter. Herds that once roamed the continent in the tens of millions had been reduced to fewer than 1,000.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Saturday, September 28, 2013

CUSTER | In a ritual as regular as falling leaves, Custer State Park staff and horseback volunteers rounded up more than 1,000 American bison Friday — a running of the bulls, South Dakota-style.

Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013

For visitors who return year after year to the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival, things will look and feel much different this weekend.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bob Lantis says the best way to describe the harried, fast-paced race across an open prairie while on horseback and alongside almost 1,400 buffalo is that it’s always “an adrenaline high.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, October 08, 2011

There is a historic marker west of Custer that reads in part: “ Historic Sites, Buffalo Rock – Site where the last buffalo was killed in the Black Hills in 1887 by Joe Humphreus, Bob Patterson – Charles Sager.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Monday, September 27, 2010

CUSTER STATE PARK -- The hillsides grew quiet with anticipation Monday morning after hours of waiting for 1,100 buffalo gathered miles away. Shortly after 9:30 a.m, the cracks of bullwhips and cowboy hollers said it all. The main attraction had arrived.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Buffalo may be a bigger attraction than Mount Rushmore today as thousands of spectators are expected to watch the 45th annual roundup at Custer State Park.