Where were you 10 years ago? Kassi & The Cowboy opened up Drovers Mercantile July 1, 1995, and Boy!.. we sure didnt know what we were getting into! The whole idea at the time was to do something based upon the cattle and Old West history of Ellsworth. Drovers Mercantile was modeled after the old mercantile houses of Ellsworths hey-day. The Old Reliable House of Mayer Goldsol was the most well-known, so we fancied ourselves to be the reincarnation of that Old Reliable House set along the very street that had once been a cattle trail.
In Ellsworth, Cowboys had once purchased new duds before heading back down the trail. Why couldnt NEW Cowboys plus historic minded tourists do the same? Well, today, were sellin clothes to workin Cowboys, shootin Cowboys, reenactin Cowboys and even fittin up their lady friends. While wed like to see more visitors, turns out that tourism part of things has never garnered much more than a trickle.
Weve met all kinds of wonderful folks and our lives have been filled with so many larger-than-life stories that we hardly can remember them all. Ellsworth has a wonderful history, but we like to think that history is being made at Drovers Mercantile pert near everyday! Our Kansas Cowboy paper continues to reel out some of the best of the Old West, especially from the old drover perspective. I do believe it takes a special kind of person to appreciate the work we put into the Kansas Cowboy. I think folks that read it have the ability to put themselves right there ridin Hell bent for leather in the middle of a stampede or swimmin some rain swollen stream jest ta get a herd of hide and bones to some far off railhead fer the boss.
Were always lookin for more of those people to support our efforts to keep the spirit of the old time Cowboy alive. I guess, in a way, thats what we were doin 10 years ago when we opened Drovers Mercantile and
10 years later thats what were still doin. Thanks to all the Yahoos out there ridin for the brand. Youve never sold yer saddle and speakin for Kassi & The Cowboy I gotta say we appreciate your loyalty. Yahoo!...