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Property/District Name: Home on the Range Cabin
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Home on the Range Cabin

Picture of property 17 miles northwest of Smith Center
Smith Center (Smith County)
Listed in National Register 1973-03-26

Architect: Not listed
Category: single dwelling

The "Home on the Range" Cabin is a one-story log cabin with a simple gable roof constructed in 1875 by Dr. Brewster Higley. In 1872, Dr. Higley wrote a poem that provided the lyrics for the song "Home on the Range" and in 1873, a friend, Dan Kelley, wrote music to fit the poem. Originally known as "My Western Home," it was first published in the Smith County Pioneer in 1873. It became the Kansas state song in 1947. Dr. Higley lived in a dugout when the song was written, but then constructed and lived in the log cabin until the 1880s. The cabin was nominated for its association with Dr. Higley and the writing of the Kansas state song.

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