First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Ulm

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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is a Montana state park in Cascade County, Montana in the United States. The park is and sits at an elevation of. It is located about 3.5mi northwest of the small town of Ulm, which is near the city of Great Falls. First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park contains the Ulm Pishkun (also known as the Ulm Buffalo Jump), a historic buffalo jump utilized by the Native American tribes of North America. It has been described as, geographically speaking, either North America's largest buffalo jump or the world's largest. There is some evidence that it was the most utilized buffalo jump in the world. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1974, and designated a National Historic Landmark in August 2015. The former name of the park was derived from the Blackfeet word "Pis'kun," meaning "deep kettle of blood," and the nearby town of Ulm.Although there are more than 300 buffalo kill sites in Montana, First People's Buffalo Jump is one of only three protected buffalo jumps in the state. The other two are Madison Buffalo Jump near Three Forks, and Wahkpa Chu'gn near Havre (both of which are also on the National Register of Historic Places).
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  • August 8, 2017
    What makes this site worthwhile is really the visitor center displays, which cover most aspects of the Plains Indian uses of the bison. The hike to the top of the jump is fun, too (you can drive, if y...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    To see one of the places where the Nativr Americans herded bison and sent them over the cliffs is a unique and interesting experience. The state park visitors center has a good display, but to drive o...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Visitors center is more than informative with info on local tribes and their hunting methods relating to the buffalo jump itself. Lots of wildlife, tools and dwellings on display. There's a 3+ mile tr...  more »

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