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In this photograph, pioneer Ada McColl of Kearny County collects buffalo chips. In areas of western Kansas where trees were scarce, these chips were a convenient (and plentiful) source of fuel. This is an abridged version of an original photograph including Ada's brother Burt. The photograph was taken by Polly McColl, Ada's mother. For more information on this photograph, see the link to Reflections (Summer 2008) below.
Creator: McColl, Polly
This image effectively illustrates how Kansas settlers made due when faced with a lack of timber; they turned to other natural resources.
KS:7th:3.7:Challenges of Settlement (2005)
Item Number: 207965
Call Number: Tx.2 *5
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 207965
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1860s to 1870s (Benchmark 3) - Challenges of settlement (Indicator 7) - Lack of natural resources
Date - 1890s - 1893
Environment - Wildlife - Mammals - Buffalo/Bison
Home and Family - Daily life - Settlement
People - Women
Places - Cities and towns - Lakin
Places - Counties - Kearny
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Photographs