Pioneer Bluffs Prairie Talks

The Bobbie Hammond Story

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At our last Prairie Talk of the year, we heard from a Flint Hills legend who spent most of her 83 years “cowboyin’” – and is still working today. Bobbie Hammond once managed 35,000 acres and 17,000 head of cattle, and she had stories to tell about her amazing life. See videos from the Prairie Talk by Bobbie Hammond.

Dr. Jim Hoy: vignettes from a talk to the Young Stockmens Academy of the Kansas Livestock Association on Monday, Sept 16, 2019

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Jim Hoy – the Early Years
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – Working for Wayne Rogler
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – Knute Rockne
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – Pasture Seasons
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – Grass as Sustainable Agriculture
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – Shipping Cattle on the Railroad
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – Loading Cattle on Railroad Cars
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

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Jim Hoy – The Bucking Stud Horse
Pioneer Bluffs, 2019

Roberts Rodeo Family, presented at Pioneer Bluffs in 2019

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Rich Porter shares stories about the history of his ranch.

The Porter Cattle Company is based out of Reading, Kansas.  This talk was recorded on July 6th, 2019.

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Mike Holder – History of the Flint Hills

Mike Holder, Kansas State University Extension Agent (retired), begins at the beginning of the Flint Hills, “why it is what it is,” says Holder. He will discuss formation of the Flint Hills, the Native American presence, and the influence of ranching. Holder is known as a good storyteller and draws on 47 years with the Extension Service for his stories.

Recorded April 2022 at Pioneer Bluffs.

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Prairie Talk: The Hatcher Family story

eanne Hatcher shares the history of six generations of the Hatcher family. From Emporia to Chase County, the Fox Creek Ranch grew. Today the children and grandchildren of Jeanne and Bill Hatcher have joined the family cattle business; they are all neighbors of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Recorded July 2022 at Pioneer Bluffs.

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