Alicia Conrad Campbell, daughter of Kalispell, Montana founder Charles E. Conrad, reflects on the Conrad buffalo herd established by her father in 1900. She recalls how the herd originally grazed on the leased land of Wild Horse Island before eventually being driven to the Conrad land at Smith Valley. She discusses how buffalo from the Conrad herd were shipped by train to stock zoos and nascent herds across the United States and Canada. Campbell describes the details of managing, protecting, and transporting bison at the turn of the century. She notes this was a turning point in American history when the vast herds that her parents experienced on their journeys West in the late 1860s and early 1870s had dwindled to just a few hundred surviving members of the species. She talks about the Conrad breeding stock serving as the nucleus of the National Bison Range Herd in Moiese, Montana.
American bison; Wildlife management; Charles E. Conrad; Kalispell, Montana; National Bison Range Herd, Moiese, Montana
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Campbell, Alicia, "Alicia Conrad Campbell Interview, November 28, 1973" (1973). Montana Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers and Farmers Oral History Collection. 1.