Feeling the icy wind at Belmont

This Woodson County cemetery tells stories of Frontier Days tribulations. Read about it in Trevor Hoag's latest "Just Prairie" series.

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April 27, 2020 - 9:56 AM

Luke Heller scans the Big Sandy creek bed for arrowheads near the site of Fort Belmont. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

The sky was cloudless, passing from silver at the horizon to soft blue at the apex of the dome of the world.

I was sitting next to the grave of Doyle “Bud” Neimeyer in Belmont Cemetery, near the “new” Yates Center reservoir, watching the small orange and brown butterflies flit about in tiny eccentric circles.

Someone had placed a chipped red brick nearby, seemingly as a gift, that read: Standard Coffeyville Block.

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