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Home on the Range Cabin, Athol

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Home on the Range Cabin, near Smith Center, Kansas, is a log cabin built by Dr. Brewster Higley VI in 1875. It is associated with the song "Home on the Range", written by Higley as a poem in 1872 while living on a dugout that he built on the banks of the Beaver Creek. Higley's friend Dan Kelley set the poem to music; the song eventually became famous and is now the state song of Kansas.
The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The cabin site is 240 acres of range and cultivated land owned by Peoples Heartland Foundation. The cabin was restored in 2013 to its 1870s appearance.
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  • What a delightful surprise! Driving from Franklin, NE, to Gardner, KS. Stopped at this cabin of the man who wrote the Kansas State Song. The area has been preserved and a walking trail through the....  more »
  • If you are into history or just the real Kansas as it was, this is a nice stop. Restoration work on the cabin was done with historical integrity to the extent possible. It is humbling to see the...  more »
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  • What a throw back in time. The cabin is set up as it may of been back in the day that the song was penned. People today may find it a little short of what they desire in an outing. But there are many good plans being worked on right now for the facility. They have some hiking trails now. And they are starting development of two other additions. One will be about the areas native Indians, and the other about approximate 1930 farming conditions.
  • Interesting short stop. Pulled in spur of the moment. Informative little self guided history tour. It's free but open to donations. Worth the time and half mile out of the way.

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