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An Ode To Russell Springs

(Poem is about Russell Springs in
Logan County.)

Snuggled in the Smoky Hill River
   valley is the inland town
   Where colorful history abounds ...
Dating back to the buffalo, the Indian
   and the trader trails,
   Along with the gold seekers and
   the Butterfield Trail,
Followed by the pioneer with home
   seeking aim,
   Then the townsite struggle and
   county seat fame.
The former Logan County
   Courthouse from 1887-1963,
   Now served mankind, as the
   Butterfield Trail Museum
(history),
And to preserve the B. 0. D. records
   of 1865,
   And to keep pioneer and western
   heritage alive.
The Logan House of 1887, also serves
   mankind ...
   A hotel and cafe with western
   hospitality, you'll find.
The Historical Society features three
   events each year:
   To relive history along the trail and
   to honor the pioneer,
Butterfield Day in the fall,
   Old Settler's picnic, program,
   parade and fun for all;
A two-day scenic trail ride and camp-
   out in the spring,
   And recently, a cow chip throwing
   contest has been added to the fling.
-A. D. J.

Reproduced here with permission from the city of Russell Springs
and the Butterfield Trail Museum.

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