After three years of mostly fundraising and labor, the cabin in northern Kansas where the lyrics for “Home on the Range” were written will be officially rededicated this weekend.
The cabin in Smith County was the home of Brewster Higley in the 1870s. While living there, he wrote a poem called “My Western Home,” which became the lyrics for “Home on the Range.” That later became the official song of Kansas.
The cabin was crumbling three years ago, when Kansas was celebrating its 150th anniversary. A grassroots effort raised $133,000 in donations and the cabin was restored, along with construction of nature walks, footbridges and handicapped accessible efforts.
A weekend of activities is planned, with the rededication ceremony on Sunday
Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle