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Clapsaddle is historian

Photo by Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Volunteers Kayla Leiker and Ali Leiker (hidden by dress) display handiwork from the 1880s that were common on the Santa Fe Trail.

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By Jim Misunas

LARNED — Women travelers were few on the Santa Fe Trail.
That’s one reason why storyteller David Clapsaddle of Larned enjoys relating the story of author Marian Russell (1845-1936). Her book “Land of Enchantment” is a rare first-hand account by a woman about life on the Santa Fe Trail. Russell dictated her story to her daughter-in-law in the 1930s shortly before her death in Colorado.
Russell spoke of buffalo chips used for fire, road runners, horned toads and tarantulas. The residents at Country Place Senior Living recently heard how a steady diet of salt ...

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