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‘Home on the Range’ documentary receives funding

The Home on the Range cabin near Smith Center was built in 1872 by Brewster Higley, who wrote the words to what would become the Kansas state song. (April 29, 2014)
The Home on the Range cabin near Smith Center was built in 1872 by Brewster Higley, who wrote the words to what would become the Kansas state song. (April 29, 2014) File photo

A one-hour documentary about the “Home on the Range” song and cabin has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

The documentary is being produced by Lone Chimney Films of Wichita, with Ken Spurgeon as the project director.

In the fall of 1872 in Smith County, Brewster Higley, a frontier doctor, penned a six-verse poem he called “My Western Home” at the cabin.

It was later set to music and became the words to “Home on the Range.”

The tune quickly spread along the cattle trails and towns throughout the West.

The cabin is a 3 1/2-hour drive from Wichita and is near the Kansas-Nebraska state line. It is 8 miles north of Athol on K-8, then 1 mile west.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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