Hatteberg's People - John Hogoboom

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Wichita, Kan. -- 16 years ago, a man had a dream. To drive a stagecoach from the Nebraska border to the Oklahoma border. His name was John Hogoboom, an old time guy who was just born in the wrong century. Rough and tumble he was, and a great Kansas character.

When you think of the old west and cowboys and the way life used to be, then think of John Hogoboom.

"I like to work…period."

Born in the wrong century and cut of rough cloth, this man has yet to find life's barriers.

"You see, I built this stagecoach. I didn't have any blueprints. I just built it."

This summer he is preparing his stagecoach for a 210 mile trip. It will be from the Nebraska border through Kansas to Oklahoma.
Why?

"Damned if I know."

The only fog in John Hogobooms life is here on the road.

"I don't like this fog much. We've been in rain just about every night."

This is what John loves. To show the rest of us the ways of the past.

He's done this kind of thing before. Only he went across Kansas the long way….East to West. This time, he takes a shorter route. North to South.

"Well, I just like to see the country and at three miles an hour, you can see everything."

John's horsepower is no match for those who pass at a faster pace. But then, they miss what John gets to see.

"Oh yeah, we come across some hills over there that were something."

"My granddad over this is 89 years old and this was a way of life for him and I just wanted to experience what he has always told me about. And I hope someday I can teach my kids what their great Grandpa has lived for all his life." says Maggie Hogoboom.

At three miles an hour, they head South, keeping alive the independent spirit of the American West and showing that at age 89, John Hogoboom's spirit has yet to age."

"I ain't had any surprises yet."

John Hogoboom died in 2003, but old guys like him were part of our rich Kansas Legacy. I'm Larry Hatteberg.


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