Home on the Range Cabin

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Home on the Range Cabin
Home on the Range cabin from SE 1.JPG
Home on the Range Cabin is located in Kansas
Home on the Range Cabin
Home on the Range Cabin is located in the United States
Home on the Range Cabin
Nearest citySmith Center, Kansas
Coordinates39°53′21.8″N 98°56′49.8″W / 39.889389°N 98.947167°W / 39.889389; -98.947167Coordinates: 39°53′21.8″N 98°56′49.8″W / 39.889389°N 98.947167°W / 39.889389; -98.947167
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built byHigley VI, Dr. Brewster
Architectural styleLog Cabin
NRHP reference #73000780[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 26, 1973

The Home on the Range Cabin, near Smith Center, Kansas, is a log cabin built by Dr. Brewster Higley VI in 1875. It is associated with the song "Home on the Range", written by Higley as a poem in 1872 while living on a dugout that he built on the banks of the Beaver Creek. Higley's friend Dan Kelley set the poem to music; the song eventually became famous and is now the state song of Kansas.[2]

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1][2]

The cabin site is 240 acres of range and cultivated land owned by Peoples Heartland Foundation. The cabin was restored in 2013 to its 1870s appearance.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Richard Pankratz (March 8, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: "Home on the Range" Cabin". National Park Service. and accompanying photo from 1960
  3. ^ "Home on the Range Cabin". Peoples Heartland Foundation. Retrieved September 2, 2014.