Saturday, September 20, 2014
125th Celebration Wagon Train
Our state is 125 years old this year
and some dedicated horse and mule owners decided to
commemorate the occasion with a wagon train
from our first Territorial capital city, Yankton,
to our current state capital, Pierre, South Dakota....
Wessington Springs was on the route...
they camped near town and were able
to take in the annual Bull Bash event...
They joined up with the annual
Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train
and enjoyed a wonderful Sunday service
on the open prairie....
it was a beautiful and serene moment
even the horses were silent while the
From there they trekked across fields and trails
to Crow Lake for their next nights stay...
with local leaders at every stop
the wagon train stayed on course...
at each rest stop there were
bales of hay and tubs of water...
the horses came first
the picture opps came second
At each camp local people
would join the riders and
tell stories and share some local history...
that's what made this event so special...
beautiful prairie landscapes,
blue sky as far as the eye can see,
fresh air, real stories from real people,
cell phones, tvs, and game-boys inaccessible,
a truly rare family affair...
the crowd at Crow lake was an exceptional one...
Stories and music continued through dusk...
and cowboy practice continued past bedtime...
this abandoned town came back to life
for one night...
the next morning they hitched up and
rode to the next stop...
an amazing journey
in this day and age
(with all of our technology)
these dedicated folks were just happy
riding across pastures taking
in the peace and quiet...
thinking all the while about our ancestors
and how they came in wagons and on horseback
with no chemical toilets at the back of the train,
no guarantee of water or food along the way,
and their safety in jeopardy at any given moment...
Our ancestors would be proud of this remembrance,
I was proud to be a Dakotan!
Happy Birthday South Dakota
(North Dakota too)!!
And Happy Trails to those that persevered and
rode the whole way!
I will be posting more pictures from my journey
from Wessington Springs to Spring Valley Colony
and Happy Trails,