The Wagon Master

October 27, 2016

Location:  Intercontinental Hotel, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

 

Owner:  The Intercontinental Hotel

 

Artist:  L. E. "Gus" Shafer

 

Dates:  Dedicated September 8, 1973


Medium:  Bronze (sculpture), limestone (base)

 

The City of Fountains Foundation holds an endowment for this sculpture.

 

Description:

The Wagon Master is a larger-than-life figure of a wagon train leader.  The man is attired in western clothing and sitting on a horse with a gun placed across the saddle.  He is pointing in a westerly direction.  The sculpture sits on top of a large limestone rock and is surrounded by smaller rocks, small trees, brush and plants.  The artist, Gus Shafer, used his own face as a model.

 

The sculpture was a gift of Catherine and Miller Nichols, their daughters, and Gus Shafer.  It was dedicated on September 8, 1973.  At the base of the statue is a button-activated recording which tells the story of The Wagon Master and also the Battle of Westport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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