Read Any Good Boots Lately? Artist: Chris and Sue
The cowboy boot was arguably invented at Olathe Boot,
which started making custom boots in Olathe, Kansas in 1873. Olathe
Boot (alternately Hyer Boot Company) sold to a Texas firm in 1977 but continued
to manufacturer boots in Olathe until 2001.
During 2007 Olathe Sesquetennial celebration, the community
sponsored Welcome Home! Cowboy Boots! a public art exhibition
that displayed 12 6-foot tall fiberglass boots that were designed and created
by area artists. The cowboy boots were displayed around Olathe, prior to
being sold at a fund raising auction.
At least some of the Welcome Home! Cowboy Boots!
remain on exhibit in Olathe:
Please email the location
of any other Welcome Home! Cowboy Boots! on display around the Olathe area
The Mahafee Farmstead Boot was moved to new Olathe
Heritage Center at 1200 Kansas City Road.
The Hyer-KSD Connection remains on display at the
Kansas School for the Deaf at 450 E. Park Street.
The Sole of Downtown is in front of the City Street
Maintenance facility at 400 East Harold Street.
Read Any Good Boots lately? is displayed within the
Olathe Public Library at 201 E Park, Olathe.
Read Any Good Boots Lately? features books for or about
Hyer-Kansas School for the Deaf Connection Artist: Barbara
T. Adams. Hyer employed
many deaf workers at Olathe Boot Company until C.H. Hyer and Sons,
Inc. closed in 1978.
See detailed photo at top of this page.
The Mahaffie Farmstead Boot was originally displayed
next to the Olathe City
Hall, but is now inside the new Heritage Center 1200 Kansas City Road,
The Sole of Downtown by Diane Porter Triplett displays historic
downtown Olathe buildings
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Marra Museum of Deaf History
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