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|Johnny Kaw - Kansas Tall Tale Hero|
Johnny Kaw Statue
The Pioneer Spirit of Kansas
Color Edition 2011
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|A Kansas Giant
He stands thirty feet tall in the Manhattan City Park, a statue towering over the traffic as he looks south across Poyntz Avenue. A landmark this large shouldn’t be anonymous, shouldn’t be ignored, especially with such an interesting backround and stories behind it. Yet for over 25 years, information was hard to find. Not even a postcard of the big fellow was available, much less the original slim volume of stories by George Filinger, which has been out of print since the late 1970s.
Copies of the original Filinger book, Johnny Kaw: The Pioneer Kansas Wheat Farmer, are still available for checkout at Manhattan Public Library or may be seen at the Riley County Historical Society. For more information about George Filinger and his book, click here.
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Johnny Kaw - The Pioneer
Spirit of Kansas
Jerri and Diane's original 1997 version is now reprinted in its entirety in the 2008 anthology, Kansas Tall Tales, which features all three of Jerri's Kansas tall tales.
In September 2011, Ravenstone Press published a new color edition of Johnny Kaw - The Pioneer Spirit of Kansas, with Diane Dollar's original line drawings colored in colored pencil. Internet resources and new photos of all of the Johnny Kaw creators were added.
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|Johnny's home was the whole state of Kansas, but the Flint Hills prairie area was where his creator, George Filinger, lived, and where his statue guards the Manhattan City Park. Take a walk on the Konza Prairie Nature Trail in the Flint Hills near Manhattan and see the area Johnny and his family loved when they came west. This is not the Kansas of wheat fields, so giant Johnny had to travel to grow his famous wheat.|
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Last Updated October 7, 2011