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Freedom's Frontier :: Trails-n-Tales (TnT)

Oregon-California Trails Association (@ NCKLS - Manhattan, KS)

Della White reported the KANZA Chapter had received an invitation ...  
... Charlie Weickert reported on a communication he had with a Marshall County ...


During our 2006 OCTA-Trails Convention tour to Marysville's Mainstreet, Ted Hopkins inspired this Flint Hills Eco-Region profile. It influenced Emporia State University's SBDC workshop on empowering authentic Flint Hills' (natural heritage area) AGR-iTourism.


Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (Trails-n-Tales Story Chasers) previews ...


A National Environmental Data Network Revealed ...

As with the U.S. MAB Biosphere Reserves, each LTER site should be 

... Konza Prairie Research Natural Area (The Nature Conservancy) ... 

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LostLegends :: Flint Hills Nature-Based Ready-Made Adventure ...

Flat? Not here. Empty? Not if you look closely.Soaring and diving from hilltop to valley along one of the quiet country highways through the Flint Hills will quickly challenge your notions of prairie. The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors.


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Reach Every Child | History


Hollenberg Station State Historic Site,

  • Hanover, KS 66945 (785) 337-2635


250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives | OEDb

Kansas State Historical Society: Several projects to make images 

..... American Museum of Natural History: The digital library project ...
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MCN 2004 - Sessions

The Western Trails website offers the ability to search over 25000 online images

... It is a national effort to preserve our cultural heritage and natural ...
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CJOnline: Capturing the Flint Hills

On the Net: The interactive edition of the April 2007 issue

of National Geographic can be found at http://ngm.com/0704 ...

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Eco-Region Map: A Glorious Nothing

Rolling north to south in the heart of Kansas and spilling into Oklahoma,

the Flint Hills Eco-region is the last great swath of tallgrass prairie in the United States.


Tall Grass: \"Did You Know?\"

Learn about the surprising history of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve


Voices of the prairie

Nature and music forged a perfect partnership during the debut performance

... On June 10, Symphony in the Flint Hills will team the Kansas City Symphony ...

Singing the Cattle North by Jim Hoy

It’s my contention that the American cowboy, our national folk hero, was created in the trail drives from Texas to Kansas that followed the Civil War. Men all over the world had been working livestock from the backs of horses for centuries, but it was on the Old Chisholm Trail that these mounted drovers and herders first entered the American consciousness as popular-culture figures.

The Chisholm Trail was only one of many cattle trails in the Old West, and it was neither the oldest, the longest, nor the most heavily used, but it was the most famous. Before the Civil War longhorn cattle sometimes reached eastern markets by following the Shawnee Trail up through Indian Territory, southeast Kansas, and Missouri. The Chisholm Trail ended first at Abilene, then moved west to Ellsworth, and finally south, first to Newton, then to Wichita, and finally to Caldwell.

As eastern Kansas became more settled, drovers blazed a new trail farther west. The Great Western Trail, the longest and most heavily used, crossed the Red River from Texas into Indian Territory at Doan’s Crossing, then went all the way to Montana, running through the famous cow towns of Dodge City, Kansas, and Ogallala, Nebraska, on the way.
The legacy of the old cattle trails, however, was not only the cowboy himself, but the trove of verse he created. It has been noted that no other occupational group has composed as many poems and folksongs as the cowboy. One reason was that cowboys had lots of inspiration: they worked in the great outdoors amid the glories of nature, their work was often exciting, and they had plenty of opportunity to compose. It was the horse, after all, that was doing the heavy dawn-to-dusk lifting.

Many of the old cowboy folksongs were sung horseback while trailing cattle north. Most of those songs fit into one of three categories: trail-driving songs, night-herding songs, and campfire songs. Cowboys sang trail-driving songs to entertain themselves, night-herding songs to entertain the cattle, and campfire songs to entertain their fellow cowboys.

“The Old Chisholm Trail” is probably the first song that cowboys composed. “Come along, boys, and listen to my tales/I’ll tell you my troubles on the Old Chisholm Trail. Come a ti-yi-yippee, yippee yea, yippee yea, come a ti-yi-yippee, yippee yea.” Those early-day cowboys sang it to relieve the boredom of travel. Music helps pass the time, and the cowboys of yore had lots of time to pass. Depending on how deep in Texas they were when they left and how far they were going on a drive, they might be anywhere from two or three months to six or seven on the road. As one verse in “The Old Chisholm Trail” says, “It’s up every morning before daylight/Before I sleep the moon shines bright.” That’s a lot of hours to fill every day.

Now longhorns are rangy beasts and could easily cover 40 miles in a day. But if they did that every day, they’d soon be worn down to a nub, so a typical day covered maybe six or eight miles, allowing the cattle to graze their way north. A good trail boss could deliver steers in Kansas that weighed more than when they left Texas. Eight miles a day was the equivalent of driving 30 miles-per-hour on an Interstate Highway—excruciatingly slow.

That’s why cowboys sang trail-driving songs—to entertain themselves as they ambled north. Potentially fatal excitement was created by a stampede, Indians, or rustlers, but most of the time the biggest danger was being bored to death.

Longhorns were generally in camp about ten hours each night, giving them time to both rest and to chew their cuds. That ten-hour down time for steers was divided into five shifts of two hours each with two cowboys at a time taking their turn riding night guard. While it was still daylight, they would just ride a circle around the cattle, but when it got dark they would sing or hum, the belief being that the soothing sound would help keep the steers quiet.

Night-herding songs tended to be long (two hours to kill), slow (lullabies are more soothing than marches), and sad because the cowboy often wasn’t in a very happy frame of mind. He was usually young, homesick, and suffering from sleep deprivation. No wonder he didn’t feel like singing happy, snappy songs.

One of my favorite night-herding songs is “I Ride an Old Paint,” about a cowboy headed to Montana with a herd of longhorns that, as we learn in the chorus, are “fiery and snuffy and rarin’ to go.” So he’s riding around them slowly and singing about Old Bill Jones who “had two daughters and a song/One went to Denver and the other went wrong./His young wife was killed in a poolroom fight,/But still he keeps singing from morning ‘til night.” Singing, in spite of all his troubles, just like that cowboy riding night guard is singing, in spite of all his loneliness.

The popular conception of the cowboy is that he doesn’t talk much. But let one drover around the campfire tell about a tough roundup or a bad bronco, someone else will have a similar tale, and then even the most reticent cowhand can become loquacious. Punchers with poetic abilities turned these stories into poems, and those who could sing turned those poems into songs. The result was campfire songs.

Campfire songs often featured outlaws, both the human and the equine kind. “The Cowboy’s Home Sweet Home” typifies the former, and its opening verse provides a perfect setup: “We were lying on the prairie of Slaughter’s ranch one night/Our heads upon our saddles; the moon was shining bright./Some were telling stories and some were singing songs,/While others were idly smoking as the long hours rolled along.” A young cowboy then tells the sad tale of how he became a drifter and how he’d like to go back home. But he can’t because he and his friend got in a fight over a girl, and in the scuffle his friend was killed. Now, like many men on the cattle frontier, he’s an outcast and, presumably, wanted by the law.

In the “Strawberry Roan” an overconfident bronco-riding cowboy is lounging around town “not holding a dime.” Then along comes a rancher who offers him ten dollars, the equivalent of a week-and-a-half’s wages, to ride this outlaw horse. The old roan horse won’t win any prizes for looks: “little pin ears that touch at the tip/a big 44 brand on his left hip/ewe-necked and old with a long lower jaw/I can tell at a glance he’s a regular outlaw.” The cowboy gets him saddled, but when he swings into the saddle the horse “seems to quit living down here on the ground.” Old Strawberry “goes up in the east and comes down in the west. . .he can turn on a nickel and give you some change.” The rider loses his stirrups and hat, but manages to stay on board until Old Strawberry makes a high leap “and left me a spinning way up in the sky.” The cowboy has met his match, but he’ll “bet all my money there’s no man alive/who can stay with Old Strawberry when he makes that high dive.”

So that’s how I see cowboy folk songs shaping up: trail driving songs, night-herding songs, and campfire songs. Of course, any of the three types of songs could be sung at any place and any time the old-time cowboy felt like singing them. Today, the cowboy will just turn on the radio or plug in a CD as he’s driving along. In my pickup, it’s a CD by Buck Ramsey or Don Edwards or Andy Wilkinson (three of the best contemporary cowboy singers).
“Adventures of a Ballad Hunter,” New York: Macmillan, 1947.
“Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads,” New York, Macmillan, 1938.
“Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp,” New York, Macmillan, 1919.


Jim Hoy, Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University,

was reared on a ranch in the Flint Hills of Butler County, Kansas. His latest book, Cowboy’s Lament:

A Life on the Open Range, is about the life of Frank Maynard, the cowboy who in 1876 wrote “The Streets of Laredo.


i4CQuest-Keywords: ljworld.com \"Flint Hills\" Nature 2007


Great Plains: Field Notes From Photographer Jim Richardson


Primo Ventello: The Flint Hills, Kansas


Growing up a suburban punk in New Jersey did not afford me the pleasure of seeing idyllic landscapes. To see a vista at all, a trip to the seashore or an elevator ride to the 29th floor of the Fidelity Building in Philadelphia was required. Not so in Kansas.


Kansas surrounds you in immense, inescapable horizon. Nowhere is this more striking, more serene, and beautiful than in the Flint Hills. By day, carpets of undulating brome and native prairie grass hiss softly in the breeze, seducing the eye along the curvature of the Earth, broken only by groves of hedge trees and sunlight glinting off flint rock. Ring-neck pheasant spring up awkwardly into flight, showing the oily auburn of their long tails, then quickly set a rhythm as liquescent as a swimmer. By night, cicadas hum, coyotes cry, and the sky is stippled with millions of stars, as if the hand of their creator had shaken them from a great paintbrush.


Kansas is the least visited state in the Union—just the way I like it. In fact, whenever an eavesdropper asks, “Kansas? Did you say Kansas is beautiful?” I reply, "No, no, partner, Kansas is a wasteland."


Primo Ventello is an editorial assistant at TRAVELER.


Showy evening primroses spread their petals in the Flint Hills, joining a wildflower pageant 650 species strong.


'Gathering' in the Flint Hills

When all goes well and Mother Nature cooperates, Flint Hills feeder cattle can

... Group says restaurant discriminated against gays (Sunday, March 25, 2007)


Yahoo! Ranks Kansas Top 5

The Flint Hills of Kansas are in the same company as Washington’s Olympia State Park,

... the state director for The Nature Conservancy’s Kansas chapter. ...


EPA threatens to snuff prairie fires

STRONG CITY — In the Flint Hills, burning pastures is an essential rite of spring

... fire to the rolling pastures, Mother Nature did it with lightning. ...


Foundation preserves the state’s wild spaces

The foundation also is working on the Landon Nature Trail in the Clinton Wildlife

... tourism working hard to promote Flint Hills (Saturday, March 24, 2007) ...


LJWorld.com ... Take a Stand

State tourism working hard to promote Flint Hills. By Becky Blake.

Saturday, March 24, 2007. On March 11, the Lawrence Journal-World published an editorial ...


In the spring dawn, prairie chickens gather on “booming grounds,” where males declare their prowess with resonant cries, then face off in dramatic aerial jousts.



Hooked on the Flint Hills | lawrence.com

Jun 3, 2005 ... In 1985, Topeka freelance writer and arts promoter Don Lambert 
organized “The Kansas Landscape,” a book and exhibit of paintings by 32 ...
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8, 2007: Lawrence Arts Center Children's Holiday Shop and Cookie Sale; Dec. 
.... June 12, 2007: Gallery Talk: "Remembering Elizabeth Layton" by Don Lambert ...
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Jul 20, 2007 ... Kansas arts promoter Don Lambert to receive national award 
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The Nature Conservancy in Kansas - Homage to the Flint Hills

The beauty and majesty of the Kansas Flint Hills come to life in a traveling art exhibit
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