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This map shows a bird's-eye view of a landscape near Ness City, Kansas. Printed in three colors, the map includes an inset map at upper right featuring a proposed four-state canal system extending from South Dakota to Oklahoma. The main illustration depicts a dammed Walnut River (actually, Walnut Creek) crossing a canal that stretches to Ness City on the horizon. A public highway parallels the canal, which is surrounded by lush irrigated fields and prosperous farmsteads. The canal was the brainchild of J. C. Hopper, a Ness City banker who hoped to dam western waterways and dig a four-state canal that took advantage of the natural decline in elevation from north to south. Hopper gained the support of U.S. Congressman George A. Neeley (also of Kansas) and hoped to get government backing for the canal, but it never materialized.
Creator: Capper Engraving Co.
Date: 1914 or 1915
Item Number: 225745
Call Number: P10 F1 Maps Oversize
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 225745
Agriculture - Agricultural methods and practices - Irrigation - Canals and ditches
Agriculture - Crops - Wheat
Built Environment - Areas of Significance - Commerce
Built Environment - Areas of Significance - Transportation
Built Environment - Function - Commerce/Trade
Built Environment - Function - Transportation - Water-Related
Collections - Maps
Date - 1910s - 1914
Date - 1910s - 1915
Environment - Water
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Map
Places - Cities and towns - Ness City
Places - Counties - Ness
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917 - Progressive Era, 1900-1916
Transportation - Water
Type of Material - Maps
Type of Material - Maps - Bird's-eye Views