The Iron Mule

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Before ranchers and farmers descended on the last open land in Texas, huge buffalo herds roamed the Panhandle.
The shaggy animals fed and clothed Plains Indians, but as the U.S. pushed farther west, professional hunters began killing them for their hides.
One day in 1874, a party of hard-case buffalo hunters noticed an unusual amount of smoke in the distance.
Possibly they took it for an approaching prairie fire, but then came the sound, a loud, rhythmic chugging.
As the hunters sat on their horses wondering what


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