The Wagon Master

The Wagon Master

Ward Parkway & Broadway St Kansas City, MO 64112

Artist/Designer: L.E. “Gus” Shafer
Dedicated: September 8, 1973
Medium:  Bronze (sculpture), limestone (base)

Description: The Wagonmaster is a  larger-than-life size figure of a man attired in western clothing. He is sitting on a horse with a gun placed across the saddle. The man is pointing in a westerly direction. The sculpture sits on a very large limestone rock. There is a crack in the right rear hoof of the horse.  The artist used his own face as a model. At the base of the statue are button activated recordings that tell the story of the Wagon Master and the Battle of Westport. The sculpture was a gift of Catherine and Miller Nichols, their daughters, and Gus Shafer.

Inscription: God slumbers in the rock He breathes in the plant He dreams in the animal He awakens in man – An Indian Proverb.


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The Wagon Master
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