Anthony Benton Gude

The large scale painting is an oil on canvas depicting the town of Kansas (Kansas City before it became a city). The painting shows many of the key elements that define fifty years or more of Kansas City history and development. "Depicted in the foreground are representations of saloon life, traders, frontiersman, a Mexican (signifying the Sante Fe trade), Native Americans, and a woman preparing a meal."( -from the artist website) In the middle ground, a lone cowboy, a mule carrying a load, construction of a railroad track, and a long-horn cattle drive are present.