(Jamie) Welcome to Farm Factor! Let’s join Kyle and Jim Gray as they discuss the story behind the National Drovers Hall of Fame in Ellsworth.
(Kyle) Hi, this is Kyle Bauer. I have the opportunity to visit with Jim Gray. Jim is the Executive Director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame. Jim you’re at Ellsworth. That’s where the Hall of Fame is. Tell us about the Hall of Fame. (Jim) The National Drovers Hall of Fame was conceived as a way to honor the old trail drivers of the cattle trailing industry going back into the middle 1860s and ‘70s and all the way up to the turn of the century. It’s this massive story of the driving cattle from Texas to Illinois, from Texas to Kansas, across the Western States into Montana and Wyoming. It’s that whole adventure of trailing cattle and men and horse adventures. (Kyle) Ellsworth, of course, was one of the cow towns. If people want to take advantage of the work that you’ve done on restoring that heritage, how might they participate? (Jim) Okay. We have a newsletter that we put out that you can contact us for and that keeps you up to date as to what we are doing. We’re developing a website but that is not in place yet. You can contact us through the National Drovers Hall of Fame, Post Office Box 415, in Ellsworth 67439. If you want to give me a call I’ll put my phone number out there. It’s 785-531-2058, and we can bring you up to date on what we’re doing. (Kyle) Jim, a few years ago you even drove cattle for several weeks into Ellsworth. Was that part of also the Drovers Hall of Fame? (Jim) That was actually separate from the National Drovers Hall of Fame, although we participated in that. But it was meant to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the State of Kansas. So, we got together and put together 400 head of cattle that we drove from south of the Caldwell on the Kansas state line all the way to Ellsworth, 220 miles in three weeks. (Kyle) That’s quite an adventure. We’re visiting with Jim Gray. We’re in Ellsworth, Kansas, and this is Kyle Bauer reporting.
(Jamie) Folks, stay with us after the break for information about the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.