|Albert Bierstadt's Buffalo Crossing at Sunset|
"The path the men had chosen took them from Rock Springs and would take them to Elm Creek about lunch time. Then they would have to cross the Smoky Hill River soon thereafter where the Elm Creek and the Smoky Hill converged. The land had grasses so tall that they covered the heads of most men. The main stands of trees were confirmation of water running amongst their roots. Also, the terrain consisted of rolling hills which were wide and far apart, wherein an Indian could hide if trying to remain hidden. It was most beautiful at daybreak and sunset with colors so vibrant that the best artist would be hard pressed to recreate the vibrancy of the displays.