George Odion Interview, circa 1965


George Odion


Ernest Kraft



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

National Bison Range Oral History Project, OH 149, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 149-005d

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:52:17 minutes

Local Filename

OH_149_005_d.mp3; OH_149_005_d.pdf

George Odion Interview, circa 1965