Despite what Texas claims, Kansas is still the Old West.
The state has given the Old West everything iconic that westerners hold dear.
The Marlboro Man, Matt Dillon, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid.
Texans may do all that bragging. But remember, folks, the Old West began here.
Even now, nearly 150 years after vast herds of cattle were driven up the Chisholm Trail to the cowtowns of Kansas, glimpses of the Old West are played out in portions of Kansas every day.
It is still possible to ride horse-drawn wagons, go on cattle drives, saddle up for trail rides or watch as cattle are bought and sold.
Guests are assigned cabins and can stay a few days or weeks. Daily chores include checking cattle on horseback, moving cattle, fixing fences or monitoring the range. Daily experiences can range in cost from $130 to $175 a person.
A cattle drive experience costs anywhere from $525 for a two-day drive to $825 for a three-day drive. For more information, call 620-826-3649.The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
Cost is $30 for the all-you-can eat meal; children ages 6-12 are $10.
For more information, call 316-778-2121.
For more information, call 620-274-4357.The Winter Livestock in Dodge City
Go to the Winter Livestock sale barn in Dodge on any given Wednesday, and it smells of cattle and peanuts. Hundreds of peanut shells line the floor – buyers eat the nuts while making bids.
The sale barn hasn’t changed much in the 75 years it has been in operation. Blue-jeaned cowboys and cowgirls in hats and worn boots caked with manure sprawl on wood seats throughout the show barn, watching intently as cattle are shoved through in groups and singly.Old Cowtown Museum, Pretty Prairie Rodeo, National Day of the Cowboy, Boot Hill Museum and Front Street,