As far as local historians can tell, Buffalo started with the first house built by James Creal in 1848. In 1854, a gristmill was built on the creek, and the next year the Rev. John Duncan and W. L. Creal built a general merchandise store.
One day in the Duncan-Creal store, someone brought in a large animal bone. It was agreed that it was the rib of a Buffalo since there were buffalo wallows along the creek. Someone suggested they should name their town “Buffalo Wallow.”
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