Monumental Art in Olathe

Queue the soundtrack:


Long time ago, when the native prairie didn’t yet need to be restored…

…and the Santa Fe Trail wasn’t a tourist attraction…

…the Barlow-Sanderson Overland Mail Company was operating a stage line from Missouri to California, stopping at the Mahaffie Farm in Olathe to rest.

Overland Mail Company

150 years later a local sculptor recreated the stagecoach in a full-scale bronze sculpture “Going West”.

The sculpture stands out for its attention to detail, from the tackle on the horses, to the people in the scene, who were apparently modeled after some Mahaffie employees.

Free-standing figures add another dimension to the scene.

This sculpture represents Olathe  among the other cities with monumental art like Dallas’ famous Cattle Drive.

  • Very nice art….. I prefer representational to most of the other stuff inflicted upon us.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    Those trail signs were erected after the Kansas City Historic Trails Association surveyed the area and mapped it. It was quite the endeavor. My husband was part of that crew. The California part of the trail just clips the end of our property. I’ve often wondered what interesting things lay underneath.

    • maybe you want to write a guest post about that?

  • Hi there,

    Love this article, the music and the photos! Great job.

    Tomorrow at 10 am on The Walt Bodine Show, the topic is KC History: The Santa Fe Trail.

    Mind if I link to this page?


    SJ – KCUR Web Gal

  • Link away! Thanks for the compliment 🙂

  • I travel for JOOLS

    I would be glad to write a post in a couple of months. Up to my eyeballs right now.