George Odion recalls working as a railroad fireman to transport buffalo from the National Bison Range to Canada in 1909. He describes how bison were separated in the railcars by partitions to prevent them from injuring themselves and each other. Odion discusses the Great Fire of 1910, when he helped evacuate people out of Wallace and St. Regis by train. He talks about some of the people who lived in the Ravalli area and mentions the IWW strikes in Butte, Montana, which impacted the railroad business.
Clarence “Cy” Young is present during this interview, and contributes occasionally.
National Bison Range; Bison transportation; Livestock transportation; Pablo-Allard bison herd; Great Northern Railway; Northern Pacific Railway; Southern Pacific Railway; Forest fires; Great Fire, 1910; International Workers of the Word [IWW]; Labor strikes; Labor strikes, Butte; Pauline Creek
National Bison Range Oral History Project, OH 149, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)
Odion, George, "George Odion Interview, circa 1965" (1965). National Bison Range Oral History Project. 10.