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Additional bus added to historic Texas Trail-Wild West’ bus tour PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:56

Because of the interest in this year’s Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival Wild West Bus Tour — which will include a tour of the canyon lands of the Republican River and Frenchman and Stinking Water Creeks — officials have added a second bus which will depart from McCook Community College.

In addition, arrangements are being made for people from this area to join the bus tour near the Chase/Hayes County line instead of having to travel to McCook to take part.

“We are thrilled to have already filled up one bus and the second is already about a third full, so if you’re planning to come on the bus with us, but haven’t reserved a spot, you should probably call us right away,” said Doug Joyce, Area Dean of Economic Development and Training for Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise.

The bus will leave MCC at 9 a.m. MT/ 10 a.m. CT on Friday, June 10, and head west where it will trace the historic cattle trails that meander through the rugged southwest Nebraska hills. Cost of the tour is $19.

Initial plans to join the Wild West tour include meeting at Wauneta’s picnic shelter later that morning. More information will be available next week.

Margaret and Gary Kraisinger, Halstead, Kan., historians and authors of “The Western: The Greatest Texas Cattle Trail 1874-1886,” will share tales of conflicts between the drovers and homesteaders, Indian encounters and the lives of the tenacious cowboys who shepherded the thousands of cattle to market.

Other headline storytellers include cowboy poet R.P. Smith of Broken Bow, Wauneta rancher Jack Maddux and the Diamond W Wranglers as the buses will tour the canyon lands of the Republican River and Frenchman and Stinking Water Creeks.

Participants will be able to explore the history and culture of 19th Century Southwest Nebraska, the cattle drives, and the origins of the beef industry.

“It’s going to be a great excursion, a great time and a great learning experience,” Joyce said.


Dance workshop to follow

Sponsored by McCook Community College, the “Waltz Along the Texas Trail” Western Dance Workshop will be held 4:30-6 p.m. CT at the Fox Theatre in McCook following the bus tour.

Cost for the dance workshop is $29, and those who attend will have the opportunity to do some “boot-scootin’ boogie” after the lessons with the Diamond W Wranglers of Wichita, Kan.

Conducting the lessons will be well-known area dance instructor Robin Marks, assisted by Dave Black of Holdrege. Students will learn Western favorites such as the waltz, two-step, swing and maybe even a little line dancing.

The Diamond W Wranglers (previously known as Prairie Rose Wranglers) formed in 1999 to entertain at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper. They perform classic Western Music of the silver-screen cowboy era, such as “Cool Water, “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” and “Ghost Riders in The Sky,” as well as classic cowboy trail songs and Diamond W Wrangler originals.

Organizers of the event say this is a terrific opportunity to make music and learn from “some of the best Western music creators” in the nation and is something that “shouldn’t be missed.”

Following the dance lessons, the group will move next door to the newly renovated Keystone Business Center in McCook, for the Chuckwagon Jamboree featuring good food, all the headliners from this year’s festival and the opportunity to try out the dance moves learned in the class.

The schedule has been coordinated so anyone interested in attending both workshops can do so.

The “Wild West Bus Tour” leaves MCC at 9 a.m. MT/10 a.m. CT and returns to McCook at 2 p.m. MT/3 p.m. CT. Cost for the tour is $19.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required for both workshops.

Call 308-345-8122 or visit to register today.