Wagon Wheels

The Muldie family has traveled a long way from Kentucky to come to Nicodemus, Kansas, where free land awaits them. Little do they realize what lies in store.

Wagon Wheels is a child-friendly account of pioneer life in Nicodemus based on a true story. It tells about building a dugout, surviving a harsh Kansas winter, and receiving assistance from friendly Osage Indians. It also tells about Daddy Muldie’s desire for a land with trees and hills, and his subsequent move east to Solomon City near Salina. His three sons must follow on his trail, braving prairie fires and wild animals on their quest toward a happy reunion.

This very simple, very brief story is geared toward children in grades 2 through 4. However, the historical element gives it value as an introduction to Kansas history for young readers.