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Kiowa's Pioneer Days has traditional events and focuses on the city's history as `Combine City USA'

WWII spurred `Harvest Brigade' and new industry with combines


For decades after World War II, the town of Kiowa, Kansas, was known as "Combine City USA." The Schupbachs sold John Deere combines while the Humphreys sold Massey-Harris which eventually became Massey-Ferguson. The town buzzed with businesses up and down Main Street.

This weekend, April 6 and 7, Kiowa celebrates its annual Pioneer Days, that was born as a surprise birthday roping for cowboy John Miller from his wife Bev. This year the town looks back not only on its pioneer heritage, but also the harvest business which really put Kiowa on the map.

Kiowa's title of Combine City USA is ultim...

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