Descent of Civilization

Location: Broadway Boulevard and W 9th Street, Kansas City, MO

Owner: DST Systems

Artist: Marc Swanson

Dates: Installed October 11, 2010; Dedicated October 13, 2010

Medium: Bronze (sculpture), limestone (base)


AKA Bison Memorial, American Buffalo Statue

A memorial to the great herds of bison that roamed the Great Plains that were hunted almost to extinction due to the expansion and development of the United States and is now lost forever. On the north face of the base, a quote by zoologist William T. Hornaday refers to this as the "descent of civilization," which gives the sculpture its name.

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The City of Fountains Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the historic fountains and sculptures in the Kansas City area. 

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