Buffalo
Pop. 3,900 Elev. 4,645


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Founded in 1879 by homesteaders, cattle ranchers, and miners, Buffalo was not named for the animal, but for Buffalo, New York, hometown of one early settler, Alvin J. McCray. By 1883, there were a dozen saloons in town, but no churches. While an old buffalo trail did once run down Main Street, Buffalo’s streets are most famous for being the only place in the US where you can make a legal U-turn on a highway bridge, right in the middle of town. As the Johnson County Seat, Buffalo also claims the distinction of having hosted the oldest county fair in the state in 1887.

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