2016 Echoes of the Trail in Fort Scott, Kansas

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. It will be our 20th year, and we plan to do it up right!

Along with a special program Friday night, June 17th, and at least a dozen cowboy poets and singers entertaining all day and evening Saturday, June 18th, there will be an authentic chuck wagon with a noon meal Saturday, a homemade pie contest, silent auction, and trade show.

Last year, we had a few wonderful, serendipitous things happen. For example, when our chuck wagon cook, Denny Williams, was unable to bring his chuck wagon and haul those heavy cast iron pots, two great men substituted at the last minute. They were Major General Tod Bunting, a retired Adjutant General of Kansas, and Steve Rodina, his military buddy who go around feeding folks chuck wagon food to benefit “Heroes Among Us,” an organization that helps our local heroes. They donated the $500 from Echoes of the Trail to their cause, and we also auctioned off a beautiful cross with the proceeds going to Heroes Among Us.

Another wonderful moment was during our open microphone by the campfire, where Tod and Steve served delicious cobbler and coffee. Mountain View Missouri’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering organizer, Jennie Cummings, got up and sang with our Royce Smithey. So, you may ask, what was so special about that? Everyone understood when Jennie told her story of illness and having to give up her long time chairmanship of the gathering, and how she was healing. She knew all the cowboy poets and singers present, because they also performed at “her” gathering, and she is well-loved. Then she sang old time hymns, such as I’ll Fly Away with Royce. There wasn’t a dry eye around the campfire.

So, mark your calendars for the third weekend in June, and come out Friday evening and all day and evening Saturday, June 17th and 18th to enjoy some great cowboy poets and musicians, shop for excellent hand made western and other goods, taste some good ol’ chuck wagon cookin’, and just have a good time!

Follow us on Facebook also, where we have a page and a group. When the event draws near, we will publish the detailed program.

Remember, this event depends entirely on donations to survive!

It is with great sadness that Echoes reports the passing of singer, muscian, chuck wagon cook and Echoes performer Kenny Gordon. We will miss his hearty laugh and deep baritone voice.


Born: July 17, 1945
Died: Nov. 13, 2015

Kenneth D. Gordon, 70, passed away in Stark City, Missouri on November 13, 2015. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and graduated from Forest City High School. Kenny served in the United States Army during Viet Nam.

He worked in construction in Holt County before retiring and moving to Carthage in 2011. He had also served as Holt County Deputy Sheriff for several years.

Services Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 2:00 PM Risen Ranch Cowboy Church, Carthage, Missouri

Visitation will be prior to the interment Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 10:00 AM Chamberlain Funeral Home, Oregon, Missouri

Interment Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:30 am Forest City Cemetery, Forest City, MO.: Interment with military rites