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Heartland History on the Highway

As part of the June Jaunt celebration along Kansas Highway 96, the Scott County Historical Society will be offering two presentations of The Story of the Fleagle Gang, by guest speaker Keen Brantley.

This dark incident in local history involved a bank robbery in Lamar, Colorado, on May 21, 1928, and the subsequent murder of four innocent citizens. One victim was a Lane County physician, who was kidnapped by the Fleagle Gang to treat one of their men with a gunshot wound.

Keen Brantley is a Scott City attorney, who first heard the story from Don Lang, who was Scott County Attorney at the time of the incident.  Mr. Lang was one of several men who formed a posse to search for the missing doctor and the bank robbers.  Mr. Lang presented his own version of the story to the Scott City Lions Club in 1965.  Mr. Brantley uses that summary to tell the story, which is both informative and entertaining.

The Story of the Fleagle Gang program will be presented at El Quartelejo Museum on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., and again at 4:00 p.m.  There is no charge to attend and refreshments will be served.  El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection, located at 902 West 5th Street, will be open from 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Another June Jaunt event offered by the Scott County Historical Society will be the Free Historic Guided Bus Tour to the State Park and the Duff Buffalo Pasture.  The tour will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012.  The bus will leave the museum parking lot at 1:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. 

Call the museum to make reservations: 620.872.5912

Grandmothers Horses

The Scott County Historical Society is pleased to announce their association with Grandmothers Horses, a commemorative ride on horseback of the Cheyenne Exodus in 1878. The descendants of the Northern Cheyenne are on a retracement journey during the Summer of 2012.  Their chosen path is leading them back to Scott County, and specifically Battle Canyon.  The group will be in Scott County for five days as they visit the battle site and travel on to the site of the Sand Creek Massacre near Eads, Colorado.  The public has a tremendous opportunity to meet with the riders and their support group on Friday evening, 8 June 2012, at the El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection.  The reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., when visitors can hear this story and interact with the participants.

The five-day schedule for their visit is as follows:

Tuesday, June 5 - Leave early morning from the Turkey Springs site in Oklahoma and travel 198 miles by trailer to Scott City, Kansas.  There is nothing scheduled for afternoon,  except camp set-up...

Wednesday, June 6  - Travel by bus to Eads, Colorado, to visit the site of the Sand Creek Massacre.

Thursday, June 7 - Travel to Punished Woman Fork/Battle Canyon.

Friday, June 8 - Reception at the El Quartelejo Museum from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and visit with the ride participants.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, June 9 - Rest Day

You can also read about this interesting reenactment on the website dedicated to the ride: www.grandmothershorses.com

Battle Canyon Tour and Book Signing

An excellent opportunity to view and learn about Scott County history awaits you on 2 October 2011. 

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