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Motorists Get Kick Out Of Boot Fence
Next time you're driving through Kansas, swing by Russell Springs on Route 25 and take a look at rancher John Smith's landmark "Boot Hill Ranch". He tops his fence posts with old cowboy boots and, in the past five years, has "booted" right at 600 posts.
The unique project has gotten him on national TV twice, and he often gets talked about by a Denver radio disc jockey. Smith hopes he'll get famous enough so that a U.S. president will send him a pair of boots. Friends and relatives have helped him collect boots.
He prefers the boots worn out: "They could tell some real stories about the hard times in ranching and farming. And, if they're worn out, they seem to stay on the fence posts longer.
"The boots are strictly cowboy style, and aren't secured in any way. They don't shorten the post life. "We've had a few people stop and want to trade for a pair of boots on posts that were in better shape than what they were wearing. Occasionally, a pair or two of boots will disappear from the posts," reports Smith.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Smith, Star Rt., Box 22, Russell Springs, Kans. 67755 (ph 913 751-4485).

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1982 - Volume #6, Issue #5