Johnson County War Tour
The 2017 Johnson County War Tour will be held on Saturday, August 19th. It begins at 9:00 AM in Kaycee and ends approximately at 3:00 PM. Experience the compelling story of the Johnson County War right where it happened as attendees retrace the route of the infamous Invaders beginning with the heroic last stand of Nate Champion in Kaycee and ending south of Buffalo at the historic TA Ranch. The journey is narrated by historians and tour price includes lunch at the TA Ranch. Bus space is limited so reserve your ticket early.
Hoofprints of the Past is a 501 (3) c and the tour raises funds to support the museum.
The Johnson County War tour on August 19th, 2017 allows attendees to travel by bus the approximate route of the “Invaders” in their fateful attack on the “Rustlers” in April 1892, learning about the war and stopping at various sites of historical significance along the way.
Stops include the KC Cabin Fight site, where Nate Champion made a heroic stand against overwhelming odds, Plunkett’s Horse Ranch where the Invaders changed horses, the Smith homestead site where a near ambush of the Invaders almost occurred, the historic 28 Ranch where Invaders rested their horses, and the TA Ranch where the final battle occurred. The tour will also stop at the assassination sites of John. A. Tisdale and Ranger Jones, whose murders occurred in the months leading up to the war, foreshadowing the events of 1892.
The historical guides narrating the journey are John W. Davis and Brock Hanson. Davis is a lawyer and author of “Wyoming Range War” which relates the Johnson County War from a legal vantage using a large number of public documents from the period. Brock Hanson is a 4th generation local historian whose family lived through the war and documented the historic events with interviews of the various people involved in the war.
The 2017 Johnson County War tour will be held on Saturday, August 19th beginning at 9:00 AM in Kaycee (with an AM check-in time of 8:30 AM) and ends at approximately 3:00 PM. Lunch is included the ticket price of $85, which must be purchased in advance due to limited space on the bus.
The Hoofprints of the Past Museum is a 501(3)c non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Kaycee and Johnson County history.