From the wild Alaskan wilderness, to the lava-flowing fields of Hawaii, to the giant sequoias of northern California, the legacy and story of the Buffalo Soldiers extends well beyond the dusty plains of the western frontier. Since the inception of the segregated Army units of African American soldiers in 1866, the Buffalo Soldiers served in various parts of the United States in various roles. Their myriad duties included protecting travelers in the desert southwest, bringing law and order to the gold rush region of Alaska and fulfilling the roles of the first park rangers in the country's national parks. Many of these duties were carried out in places that are now commemorated as National Park Service sites.
Stories of the Buffalo Soldiers
More National Park Service Sites with Buffalo Soldiers History
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Last updated: November 24, 2021