'Home On The Range' Cabin Feted On July 4

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A party is planned to wish a cabin a happy 140th birthday.

The cabin on Beaver Creek in Smith County is where Brewster Higley wrote a poem in 1873 that became the words to ``Home on the Range.''

The July Fourth party will include music, food and plenty of gratitude to Kansans who have helped save the cabin.

The event will give Kansans a chance to see the cabin before a major restoration project starts. Contract bids for the project will be let this summer.

The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An estimated $80,000 to $100,000 is needed to restore it.

The Wichita Eagle reports that $60,000 has been raised, including $2,000 from Kansas schoolchildren in a ``Coins for the Cabin'' fundraiser.

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