Trails West

January 2, 2017

Location:  Lone Elm Park, 21151 W 167th Street, Olathe, KS

 

Owner:  City of Olathe

 

Artist:  Eldon Tefft

 

Dates:  Dedicated at original location, January 6, 1996; Dedicated at current location, May 2, 2009


Medium:  Fiber-reinforced gypsum plaster with cold-bronze powder fill

 

Description:

A large bronze-coloured relief depicting a covered wagon being pulled by two pairs of oxen.

 

It was originally commissioned by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the Travel Information Center (AKA Kansas Visitors' Center) located at 119th Street and Strang Line Road.  When the center closed in the early 2000s, the City of Olathe acquired the relief.  Olathe eventually found a location for the artwork at Lone Elm Park where it helps represent Olathe's role in the westward expansion of the country at the location of the historic Lone Elm Campground.

 

The names of the artist, the artist's assistants and everyone who helped with or contributed to the creation of the artwork are all inscribed on the covered wagon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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