Thursday, February 21, 2013

"A Bullwhacker's Life" BY JIM GRAY

On Monday, February 25, 6:00 pm, the Wamego Lublic library will host “A Bullwhacker’s Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains,” a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray. Bullwhackers traveled the Kansas frontier freighting supplies and shaping a profession now enjoyed by today’s long-haul truck drivers. Traveling the Santa Fe, California-Oregon, and Smoky Hill Trails, commercial and independent bullwhackers walked beside their ox-drawn wagons, courting danger with every trip.

This presentation examines how fortunes could be won or lost and how bullwhackers tested their skills at peaceful negotiation as they passed through lands controlled by prairie bands of Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, and Comanche peoples. Only through tribal blessing were the bullwhackers allowed safe passage.

“A Bullwhacker’s Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions about Kansas—our people, places, hopes, and dreams—that offer insight into what it means to be a Kansan over time and across generations.

Jim Gray's Page.

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