The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 36
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to 305 hides and twenty thousand pounds of short-cut hams.
Wright Mooar had freighters haul the meat to market, giving
them half of the two and a half cents a pound that it brought.
He himself hauled the hides to Dodge and sold them to an agent
for W. C. Lobenstein at $3.05 each.
By the fall of 1872 many of the white hunters were violating
the informal ban against hunting buffaloes south of the Arkansas
River. A few outfits had even penetrated the Texas Panhandle,
to which Dodge was the nearest railroad town. The Mooars con-
tinued to hunt in southern Kansas, despite two severe blizzards.
Wright formed a partnership with his brother, John, lending
him $250 with which to buy his interest.
In the spring of 1873, the Mooars joined those who headed
south to hunt along the Cimarron; but they were delayed in
starting. While in camp on Kiowa Creek in the early spring, John
was stricken with pneumonia. Wright brought him as quickly as
possible to the military hospital at Fort Dodge. After a long
struggle, he overcame the disease; but his illness kept the outfit
in town for six weeks. As soon as John was well enough to
travel, the Mooar wagons rumbled south to the Cimarron, where
the outfit hunted all summer.
Late in the summer, after hearing of large herds in the Texas
Panhandle, Wright Mooar and John Webb rode south to see for
themselves. Each took along his Big Fifty, 200 to 300 rounds of
ammunition, and a pocketful of salt. They could sleep on their
saddle blankets and live on wild game.
Before they reached the breaks of the South Canadian, they
found buffaloes in an almost solid mass as far as they could see.
There were hundreds of thousands of them, fattening on the
upland grass. "All day," said Mooar, "they opened up before us
and came together behind us." Pushing on west through the lanes
they made in the great herd, the two saw all the shaggies that a
hide hunter could desire. After camping that night in the midst
of the herd, they turned back north. They reached the Cimarron
at Wagonbed Springs, then turned down the valley to their
Back in Dodge City, the Mooars and others found that, with
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