In 1865, David Butterfield raised money from New York investors to create Butterfield’s Overland Despatch Stage Line along the Smoky Hill Trail - the shortest route from commerce centers near Atchison, Kansas to the gold fields near Denver Colorado. In 2019, Butterfield’s great-great-grandson Jere DeBacker of Boulder, CO rode the stage out to meet the successor to the stageline in the form of steam engine Big Boy 4014! Just east of Wallace, the BOD stagecoach observed the million-plus pound Iron Horse from an adjoining snowy pasture. Mules Minnie and Pearl (owned by Jake Bauer and Deb Goodrich) were fairly nonchalant about the encounter! Driver JD Perry and shotgun rider Mark Berry, as well as stagecoach companions Tony Burnett, Travis Ochs, and Chad Copeland shared the iconic moment. Peggy Fischer was there to document the event. We appreciated Don and Janet Geist hauling the mules to Wallace on some pretty dicey roads! A fitting capstone to our “Trails to Rails 1869 150th” year and a final salute to the Sesquicentennial of the Transcontinental Railroad!
Guided tours at the 1879 Kansas Pacific Railroad House in Wallace were also popular during Big Boy 4014’s visit. Around 100 railroad history buffs took the tour with Debra Lynn Fischer, which is one of two buildings remaining from the original Kansas Pacific Railway that built across Wallace County 150 years ago.
Remember that the Fort Wallace Museum retail area has expanded in the past year and we have unique items for Christmas gifts! Check us out for books, toys, antique playing cards, jewelry and stocking stuffers! Also, the man in your life would be thrilled with a chance in our 2020 Buffalo Hunt Raffle, with a grand prize of a Shiloh Sharps Rifle, a full buffalo hunt including meat, skull and robe, and multi-night stay at the Buffalo Guys hunting lodge- a prize worth about $10,000! Tickets cost $100 and are limited to a total of 500 sold and sales have been brisk! The Fort Wallace Museum is currently open Thurs - Sat 10 - 4 MT.
The Wallace Christmas Celebration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, starting with a traditional Candlelight Service at 5 pm in the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church on the grounds of the Museum. This beautiful service will feature carols, scriptures and special music. Following the service, a Christmas Fellowship will follow in the Museum, along with enjoying Victorian holiday traditions. We ask for all to bring a finger food to enjoy! Please come and celebrate in Wallace on Sunday, December 8!
This Sunday, the Fort Wallace Museum is looking forward to hosting Greg and Cee Heller from Kannapolis for the screening of the new documentary film “Fort Harker: Gateway Post to the Frontier.” Please join us at 2:00 pm MT for the 45-minute film, followed by discussion... [More]
Happy New Year! The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is looking forward to a fun and full 2020; we invite everyone to join in and help make it our most successful year ever! There are two ways to join our organization. “The Fort Wallace Memorial Association”... [More]
Christmas arrived at the Fort Wallace Museum this past Sunday, with the annual “Candlelight Christmas” service, followed by a festive gathering inside the main building. The 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church was filled to capacity for the traditional service. Worship was... [More]
On Saturday, the Fort Wallace Museum welcomed author Chuck Warner and his wife Karen to the Museum to discuss his new book “Birds, Bones and Beetles,” about his grandfather Charles “Bunk” Bunker, who was a KU Naturalist that explored Wallace County and... [More]
The 2019 Smoky Hill Trail Conference held at the Fort Wallace Museum is now in the rearview mirror! The event hosted 75 folks, including several national names in Western History research, as the role of Fort Wallace in Trail history was explored. Tours, lectures, networking,... [More]
The Smoky Hill Trail Conference weekend is here, and we are excited to host folks from all over Kansas, Colorado and beyond! The theme of the weekend is “Fort Wallace - the Fightin’est Fort on the Smoky Hill Trail,” and presentations will explore the events,... [More]
This Saturday night, we are delighted to welcome Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran “The Singer and the Songwriter” to the Fort Wallace Museum for an evening of live music at 7pm as part of the High Plains Public Radio Artists Series! The Singer and The Songwriter is the... [More]
The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is truly excited about the upcoming Smoky Hill Trail Conference taking place on Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20. This year’s conference theme is “Fort Wallace - the Fightin’est Fort on the Smoky Hill Trail.”... [More]
Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving. Bench Trial – Not... [More]
Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]
On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03. Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]
May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]
James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]
Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]
Chandler, Garrett Scott, Pueblo, Colo, driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, Birmingham, Ala, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99, court costs $108. Chavez, Brenda Icilice, Denver, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]
On March 13th, 2019 Charlene Valdez appeared in Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney Leslie Beims, Goodland in the matter of case number 2017 CR 42. Valdez had been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, within 1,000’ of a school,... [More]
The Grand Opening of the Dollar General will be this Saturday, January 25th from 8 to 10 am. There will be free totebags and cups, and the first 50 customers will recieve a $10 gift card. Cake will be served.
The Board of Directors of Farm Credit of Western Kansas, ACA is pleased to announce the continuation of the Farm Credit Scholarship program. Farm Credit has $8,000 available to High School Seniors, a $500 per semester scholarship, which is renewable for up-to four years... [More]
Jace Mackley shoots a basket for Weskan in the game between Wallace County High School and Weskan High School last Friday. Weskan Boys won 71 - 51. JC Allen (WHS) shoots over Brookley Dinkel (WCHS) during last week’s game. The Lady Wildcats won... [More]
Grady Hammer and Dalen See are among the 1,596 students named to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2019 semester by deans at Fort Hays State University. The Deans Honor Roll includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have completed 12 or more... [More]
More than 4,220 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2019 semester. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 graded credit hours receive semester honors along with... [More]
Lissa Sexson of the Wallace County Visitors Bureau attended the 27th Retreat for Rural Leaders facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and held at The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn near Valley Falls. Lissa was one of 34 people from across the state to attend. The group was... [More]
Sandi Kerr-Jordan’s 8th graders discus hiding spots as they learn about interactions between the Jews and the Nazis during World War II. Here are some of her student’s personal hiding spots - My hiding place is my room. It is really the only place in my house... [More]
Back for a third time in recent years, Acoustic Eidolon will perform for the Western Plains Arts Association, Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Wallace County High School Auditorium, 521 North Main, Sharon Springs. The program begins at 2 p.m. Mountain (3 p.m. Central). Admission... [More]
15 Years Ago (2005) Sarah Hill, daughter of Gary & Delphine Hill, was chosen to represent WCHS at the 9th annual North West Kansas All-Star Volleyball Match to be held in Goodland. The Coyote Column Student Spotlight was on Cole Herschberger. His favorites included... [More]
20 Years Ago (2000) The Cadette Girl Scouts completed their latest community service project, painting the new advertising signs at the south and west entrances to Sharon Springs. They used that work for their Silver Award, the highest award they could receive in Cadette... [More]
25 Years Ago (1995) The WCHS Broadside Teacher of the Week was Jori Daily. She had been teaching for seven years on subjects including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Advanced Math, and 1st-4th P.E. The winners of the 1994 Scholarship essay contest were Trent Benisch and... [More]
30 Years Ago (1990) The winners in the Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by P.R.I.D.E. were named. Bobbie Akers won 1st, Francis & Eleanor Seibel were 2nd, and Jack & Georgia Pancake were 3rd. The family of Art & Edna Howard invited the public to a reception... [More]
15 Years Ago (2004) See the photo below of the local brass ensemble playing Christmas music. The group had been playing together for several years and went up and down Main Street. Jerry Robben was one of 28 undergraduate students at Kansas State University that were awarded... [More]
20 Years Ago (1999) The Coyote Column Car of the Week was the 1969 one-half ton Chevy pickup belonging to Jesse Deines. The children of Ernest & Marjorie Poe invited the public to help celebrate their parent’s upcoming 50th wedding anniversary on January 1, 2000.... [More]
25 Years Ago (1994) Miller’s Video advertised new movies available for rent, including Maverick, City Slickers II, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Cops and Robbersons. Monica Sharp and Katrina Larson from WCHS were selected to perform during the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl Game... [More]
30 Years Ago (1989) Ted Bussen, Grand Knight of the Wallace County Knights of Columbus, presented a check for $698.40 to Dorothy Okeson, Secretary of the Sherman-Wallace Association for Retarded Children. The money was raised during the recent Tootsie Roll Drive. The Fighting... [More]
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