Michael Martin Murphey Benefit Concert
Michael Martin Murphey, listed among the Top 50 Country Western Singers of All Time (American Cowboy, 2014), performed a benefit concert on June 14th, 2015 at the Smith Center (KS) High School auditorium. The purpose of this special concert was to raise the necessary funds to produce, install and maintain two new highway signs designating KS Hwy 8 in Smith County as “The Home on the Range Highway”.
A special thank you to the American Legion Riders Post 166 Kensington for providing the avenue of flags at the high school entrance, the Smith Center VFW for posting the colors, and to Smith Center’s Manda Wanner for leading the singing of the National Anthem – such a fitting opening for a June 14th Flag Day concert!
This is not the first time Murphey has come to the aid of the Home on the Range Cabin. Murphey performed at the Prairie Rose Rangers (Benton, KS) benefit concert in 2011 to help raise funds to reconstruct the Cabin.
On April 1, 2015 Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill 43 naming 16 miles of highway K8 in North Central Kansas as “THE HOME ON THE RANGE HIGHWAY”. However, this special stretch of highway cannot be dedicated until official Kansas Department of Transportation signs have been installed, and the signs cannot be ordered or installed until the Peoples Heartland Foundation (Home on the Range) has raised $4500 to pay for them. KDOT no longer funds any new signage for historical properties.
Thanks to Michael Martin Murphey, we have the necessary funds for these KDOT signs. The signs will increase interest and traffic for the Cabin site.
Click here to check out our Facebook photo album from this special June 14th concert!