It’s time! . . . The much anticipated sales debut of the Home on the Range movie DVD is here! You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, June 8th in Wichita, KS or on Saturday, June 9th at the Home on the Range Cabin Site and be among the first to buy a copy of the award-winning Home on the Range movie. Several principals from the movie will be available for photos and autographs.
Extremely dry ground conditions, fire and high wind are ingredients of potential disaster which during the week of March 5, 2018 manifest itself in Western, Northwest and North-Central Kansas.
Smith County firefighters and farmers were a part of that battle as fire was discovered on March 5 at 80 Road one mile north of the Historic Home on the Range Cabin and was burning South and Southeast pushed by West/NW winds of 35-50 mph. The first firefighters on scene went immediately to the area around the Home on the Range Cabin determined to protect it from damage and destruction. They were successful with the only thing destroyed by the fire were dead trees, weeds and grass. The firefighters were successful in stopping the fire at 90 Road. This was a significant victory also in their preventing it from jumping the Home on the Range Highway (K-8) and endangering occupied houses and farmsteads.
We recently received some great news! The Home on the Range movie was awarded the 2018 Western Heritage Award (Wrangler) for Best Docudrama by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. . . .
Congratulations to Executive Director Ken Spurgeon and all our friends at Lone Chimney Films. Spurgeon will receive the award at the Museum's Western Heritage Awards Festival in Oklahoma City on April 14.
Each year the Kansas Preservation Alliance, Inc. recognizes exemplary efforts in historic preservation across the state of Kansas. The 2016 Awards for Excellence were presented May 13 at the Old Supreme Court in the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. Restoration of the Home on the Range Cabin was one of 10 projects receiving awards.
Mark September 3, 2015 as special date on your calendar as a day to visit the Home on the Range Cabin. At 10:30 am on that date Governor Sam Brownback will dedicate THE HOME ON THE RANGE HIGHWAY naming signs to be installed later by employees of the Kansas Department of Transportation. Senator Elaine Bowers, Representative Troy Waymaster along with personnel from KDOT have indicated they plan to attend.
About every 20-25 years there is a major flood at or near the head waters of West Beaver Creek in Northwestern Smith County. On August 5, 2015 history repeated itself. During a 12 hour period on August 4-5, 8-9” of rain fell a few miles north of the Home on the Range site and with 5” of rain at the Site the West Beaver Creek Valley flowed like a river for several hours. The flood waters flowed straight north to south completely overrunning the channel as we knew it.
First the good news: the restored Cabin and furnishings suffered no damage
Installation of the directional signs, funded by the Smith County Convention and Visitors Board, was completed yesterday (7-26-15) by Marcus Allen and Tanner Campbell. This has taken longer than planned but being dependent on volunteer work we have had to work around harvest schedules and the heat. Thank you to John Struckhoff for giving permission to place one sign (K-8 and 95 Road) on the corner of his property. These signs alert drivers, both north bound and south bound, to the entrance to the Home on Range Site; each is ½ mile north or south of the 90 Road/K-8 Junction.
The news this week is about signs, signs and signs; you have been warned.We have limited vision for automobiles arriving from the east at the 90 Road and Home on the Range Site entrance. Their view of traffic exiting the Site and any walkers on the road portion of the Nature Walk is restricted. I met with the County Commissioners on June 29, 2015 with pictures to illustrate the problem. After discussion and questions they agreed to place a SLOW sign and a PEDESTRIAN CROSSING sign on west bound 90 Road.
In researching the Home on the Range history some writers mentioned Dr. Higley living in dugout and others had written he was living in a Cabin when he penned the words to, “My Western Home”. Those who wanted to disclaim Dr. Higley as the ultimate author of “Home on the Range used such assumed contradictions to challenge the authenticity of what had been written. This picture should prove them wrong.
I have posted on Facebook and will share here also that Old Glory and the Kansas flag fly each day at the Site. Marcus Allen raises the colors each morning before going to work at Landmark Implement and lowers them each night at dark. The US Flag and flag pole were donated by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On April 1, 2015 Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill 43 naming 16 miles of highway K8 in North Central Kansas as THE HOME ON THE RANGE HIGHWAY. This article is to present our readers with a short history of the highway with emphasis on these selected 16 miles, known by Smith County residents and others as “Number 8”.
On October 4, 2014 as the sun rose on a lightly frosted Home on the Range Site; smoke from the campfires of the Buffalo Soldiers and Kirby Mullen and Dennis Williss rose silently into the air belying the hectic activity that had begun on Thursday and would continue for the next two days of celebration.
The following is a column written by Andy Raun. (Copyright 2014, The Seaton Publishing Co. Used with permission.)
Of farming, poetry and the spirit of place - Kansas cabin story uplifts a Nebraskan
My wife and I first visited the Home on the Range Cabin on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in July 1998. Back then, the place seemed lonely — a forgotten roadside shrine on the path of American progress. Now, it is a true Tribland jewel — a fitting monument to the promise of western settlement, rural life and agriculture.
Yes, this place has spirit. And a little of it lives in me.