The Grand Buffalo Hunt of Hoboken (FREE!)



In 1843, Barnum bought a herd of scrawny buffalo, and arranged for a FREE display of Buffalo hunting in Hoboken NJ on August 31. Over 24,000 people from New York came to see the fearsome buffalo, and were a little surprised to see some underfed docile animals milling about. The laughter and jeering of the crowds frightened the uncooperative buffalo, who broke through the protective fence and escaped into New Jersey’s swamplands. Barnum had kept his name off all the advertisements, but had made secret deals with the ferry companies and the concession stands. He ended up clearing over $3000 for the single day.

~ PTBarnum.org

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2 responses to “The Grand Buffalo Hunt of Hoboken (FREE!)

  1. Happy Easter to the entire Elk, er, Jury Box family. (That family name seems somewhat confining to me.)

  2. And a very Happy Easter to all the M’s, Steve!

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