The story starts like this – On July 4th, 1872 Dr. Brewster Higley, some friends and a cold keg of beer erected a little combination log/limestone cabin on the bank of West Beaver Creek, Pleasant Township, Smith County, Kansas.
To keep the story alive, this July 4th, the Ellen Rust Living Trust, current owner of the cabin, is hosting a celebration to recognize its 140-years of existence.
The dwelling is famously known as the “Home on the Range Cabin” because that’s where Dr. Higley wrote the words to what would later become the Kansas State Song.
The big 4th of July Bash near Athol is sponsored by ITC, a power transmission company, and will include a 40-foot by 60-foot tent, generators, mister fans and one other indispensable – porta-potties.
The entertainment will include High Plains Radio Personalities – Marshal Bailey and his wife Cowgirl Janey and the Vaughn Family from Missouri.
The event is a fundraiser to help in the restoration of the historic old cabin. Gates will open at 8:00-AM with the program starting at 10:00. A press conference will take place at 1:00 followed by the concert.
If you are planning to attend the event, you’re asked to bring your own lawn chairs. There will be a shuttle from the parking area to the cabin.