Long before Cowboy Poetry, Americans were writing poems and songs about the great American frontier. “Frontier Poetry,” it was sometimes called — verse that helped romanticize the Westward Expansion for a generation of Americans.

A special program on Saturday, July 6, will feature poems from the early 1870s to the early part of the 20th century from the masters of that that time: Robert Service, Katherine Lee Bates, Walt Whitman and many more.

The readings will take place on the columned porch of the circa-1899 Jarmon House, a fixture in our SprinkleCorner entrance village. This special presentation will last an hour and is a not-to-miss historical reenactment, taking visitors back in time to the days when Austin was literally at the edge of the Texas frontier.

This program is free with admission.