Quantcast

Covered wagons cross the Four States en route to a cowboy ... - KOAM TV 7

Covered wagons cross the Four States en route to a cowboy festival

Updated:

Imagine traveling across the country in a car for two days.  Now, remove the gasoline, the electronic toys and all of the new technology, and hitch a ride on a covered wagon.

A group of Four State residents are doing just that.  They've saddled up their steeds and hit the old dirt roads to head to a cowboy festival this weekend.

We met up with them when they stopped at the Shiloh Cemetery near Arcadia, Kansas.

"You just see the world at four miles an hour," says George Parsons, of Nashville, Missouri.  "It's wonderful.  I can drive by and identify wild flowers.  You see more at four miles an hour, that's about the average speed of a horse while we're walking."

Parsons and others are traveling in covered wagons from Liberal, Missouri to Fort Scott, Kansas for the 17th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering Festival.

"I like history - I've been a Civil War reenactor, I've been to Civil War reenactments, all of these guys like old antique equipment, farm equipment," says Parsons.  "We try to farm with horses, a little bit, just for the experience, just for the ability and to keep those old traditions alive too."

The group will do about 34 miles in the next several days all on the authentic wagons.

"First off, your butt hurts after a while, and the only spring you have is this but it's nice," says Ken Brous.  "It's a slow pace, you can take in all the scenery and, you know, we see all kinds of things around the road and if you just look up and see the clouds and the sun once in a while it kind of makes you feel good."

"It's a beautiful site to see about six covered wagons down the road," says Parsons.  "Most of these are grain wagons, farm wagons.  This one happens to be a market wagon what we call a dray or a market wagon, it's what they would have taken to deliver groceries around town."

Taking a step back to enjoy the scenery is why these cowboys opt for the more scenic route.

The group will end in Cato, Kansas Thursday night and will continue on to Fort Scott.

They hope their ride help promote the 17th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering Festival in Fort Scott, Kansas, which is held for old western fanatics, reenactors and entertainers.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Pond Pollution in Fort Scott

    Pond Pollution in Fort Scott

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:08:23 GMT

    Tim Allen has been enjoying the man-made pond built on his property back when he was child, for most of his life. But things changed 5 years ago when he began to notice sewage.

    More >>

    Tim Allen has been enjoying the man-made pond built on his property back when he was child, for most of his life. But things changed 5 years ago when he began to notice sewage.

    More >>
  • Neosho City Council Votes to Keep 60 Foot Cross Up

    Neosho City Council Votes to Keep 60 Foot Cross Up

    Friday, May 26 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-05-27 00:28:52 GMT

    The Big Spring park is home to a garden, wading pool, and now some controversy. A Neosho local contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation and told them about the 60 foot Latin cross that resides on the western knoll of the Big Spring Park. The FFRF wrote a letter to Neosho Mayor Charles Collinsworth, asking him to remove the cross..

    More >>

    The Big Spring park is home to a garden, wading pool, and now some controversy. A Neosho local contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation and told them about the 60 foot Latin cross that resides on the western knoll of the Big Spring Park. The FFRF wrote a letter to Neosho Mayor Charles Collinsworth, asking him to remove the cross..

    More >>
  • Seneca Prepares to Lose Second Largest Employer

    Seneca Prepares to Lose Second Largest Employer

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-05-26 22:52:10 GMT

    "The paint is not even dry on this deal yet, and we're all standing around shaking our heads."

    More >>

    "The paint is not even dry on this deal yet, and we're all standing around shaking our heads."

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.