Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum
By 1898, the last Merriam elk in Arizona had been killed. In 1912, the Elks Clubs of Arizona decided to raise funds to begin a project to re-establish the herds and Winslow Elks Lodge No. 536 agreed to take on the responsibility of working out the details. Eighty-six elk were corralled near Gardiner, Mont., and shipped by train to Winslow. They arrived on Feb. 16, 1913, and rested in the Santa Fe stockyards until they were loaded onto wagons and hauled through a snowstorm to corrals 45 miles south of Winslow. After a month they were released in the wild, restoring the species to Arizona. The total cost for the project was $2,125. For more information on Winslow’s history, visit www.oldtrailsmuseum.org.