- Associated Press - Monday, April 25, 2011

SMITH CENTER, KAN. (AP) - The cabin in north-central Kansas where “Home on the Range” was written is badly in need of repairs, and Kansans are stepping up to try to save it.

Brewster Higley wrote the six-verse poem “My Western Home” at the cabin in Smith County in 1872. It was later put to music and renamed “Home on the Range” and became the Kansas state song.

The cabin is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Wichita Eagle says supporters have raised over $2,000 but that it will take up to $100,000 to rebuild the cabin in an authentic manner.

Orin Friesen, operations manager at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, says the project will be supported with funds raised at a May 5 concert and the upcoming Prairie Rose Western Days festival.

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