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Model for Buffalo Skulls Is Told

Prominent lawyer and State Senator Patrick Shine, and his family, lived in the Muzzy Mansion, then known as the Shine House, from 1905 until widow Shine's death in 1955. In the 1971 Spokane Daily Chronicle article below, Patrick Shine's daughter describes how her father, while on a business trip to Canada with early Spokane Mayor Daniel Drumheller and Spokane financier Alfred Coolidge, found a mammoth buffalo skull. After bringing the skull home, architect Kirkland Cutter used it as a model for the cast of massive buffalo heads affixed to Spokane's Monroe Street Bridge. As described in the article, for those doubting the authenticity of the skull's scale, the original skull could be seen on Shine's garage for many years.