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8/26/2004

The Wild Frontier

The September/October issue of the Kansas Cowboy is about to go to print. Sometimes these issues take on personalities that won’t be denied. This particular issue is one of those.  
I suppose it all started with our little expedition out on the western plains of Kansas that we refer to as Zerfari. If yer wonderin’ what Zerfari is ya might want to check out the Cowboy Commentaries of 7-21 and 7-29. Our forays along the old Smoky Hill Trail are always exciting and informative. The latest trip was not disappointing.  
The story of Thomas W. Park is smack dab in the middle of the developing frontier of Kansas as he was ramrod of a grading crew building the first railroad across Kansas in 1867. A buffalo hunt to provide meat for the crew turned foreboding as Indians came upon them. The running fight ends dramatically. 
William Sternberg, brother to a famous paleontologist and another who became U. S. Surgeon General, was a station agent along the Kansas Pacific in the 1870’s. He sought fit to leave his impressions of life along the track at that time. One of the events he recalled was a time when Indians set up a hunting camp within sight of Buffalo Station. He was lucky enough to be able to go with them on a hunt and witness first hand the Native American hunter in his element. The story is a tremendous insight into a culture that no longer exists. 
So, I hope folks will want to learn more about Kansas and our amazing frontier history. If you don’t already subscribe to the Kansas Cowboy click on Join The C.O.W.B.O.Y. Society on the right. You’ll learn more about Kansas than you ever imagined! 
So Long, 
The Cowboy 

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