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New York Central Terminal
Memorial and Paderewski Drives, Buffalo NY
Photograph courtesy of Caffeinated Gonzo
This buffalo, located at the University of Buffalo north campus, is a recast of the plaster-cast, bronze painted buffalo that was located at the Central Terminal.
When UB was looking to have a statue made for the campus, they did some historical research and found the original molds used to cast the Terminal's buffalo were still in existence.
The Terminal's buffalo was the second to grace the steps of the concourse. The original, nicknamed "Stuffy", was a actual taxidermied bison that was an advertisement for the Buffalo Museum of Science. Soldiers leaving for war used to pluck hairs from it for good luck, and it was removed from the building after it started to look ratty. The Museum still has Stuffy, and loaned it to the CTRC for the 2004 season.
The plaster buffalo was destroyed after a truck backed into the pedestal it sat on and knocked it over during the period when the building was being stripped. It's memory lives on at UB.