Frontier Education Day offers glimpse of pioneer life

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Tad Gose of Wichita Falls displays a bone saw used by surgeons during the late 1800s during Friday's Buffalo Soldier and Frontier Education Day at Lake Arrowhead State Park. Gose is retired from the state park.

By Peggy Browning
Pioneer Sentinel

Scores of area schoolchildren traveled to Lake Arrowhead State Park on Friday to attend the “Buffalo Soldier and Frontier Education Day” presented by the Community Education Outreach Programs of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The program is a tribute to the outstanding acts of valor made by the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 19th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments during the Indian Wars Campaign from 1866 to 1892. The program also emphasizes the contributions made by others to western heritage in Texas during the 1800s including vaqueros, Negro cowboys, frontier women, American Indian and various cultural groups.

Over 300 local students, mostly from Wichita Falls ISD, gathered at the state park to see and hear volunteers of the Texas Buffalo Soldiers group give presentations about life on the great Texas frontier. Seven different areas of frontier daily living were presented.

Volunteers described and demonstrated cooking techniques, medical practices, and the skill of setting up teepees. They also presented information about early cattle drives, the role of women and the daily routine of the Buffalo Soldiers and the importance of their role in the taming of the Texas frontier.

Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department demonstrated current firefighting techniques to students and educated them about the role of rural volunteer fire departments and their importance to maintaining a safe community.

The Buffalo Soldier Encampment will be open to the public Saturday from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will provide demonstrations of pioneer life throughout the day. Everyone is invited to visit the park and attend the free program, providing an opportunity to learn more about Lake Arrowhead State Park and the amenities offered there.

Lake Arrowhead State Park is located at 229 Park Road 63. Call (940) 528-2211 for more information. Entrance fee to the park is $3.

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