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Bird's Eye View of Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas

Bird's Eye View of Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas
Creator: Morse, D. D
Date: 1878
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas. It is on the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad and the Little Arkansas River runs near the town. The structures identified in the legend include a school, Mennonite Church, hotels, depot, newspaper office, the Halstead Flour Mill, an elevator, lumber yard, and wagon shops. Street names are given. The lithograph was drawn by D. D. Morse and published by Lott & Zeuch Lithograph, Chicago, Illinois.

Little Arkansas River at Riverside Park in Wichita, Kansas

Little Arkansas River at Riverside Park in Wichita, Kansas
Creator: C. A. Tanner & Company
Date: November 27, 1906
This is a postcard showing the Little Arkansas River at Riverside Park in Wichita, Kansas. The postcard was addressed to Miss Ruth Felver in Batavia, Illinois.

The Chisholm Cattle Trail

The Chisholm Cattle Trail
Creator: Howes, Cecil, 1880-1950
Date: 1940-1950
This item, written by Kansas City Star editor Charles Cecil Howes, concerns the Chisholm Trail, its origins, and its impact on Kansas. Howes explains that the Chisholm Trail was named after Jesse Chisholm who, along with James R. Mead, "freighted goods over the trail for years." According to Howes, Chisholm was a "half-breed Indian who engaged in the trading business for many years and established several trading posts in the Indian Territory [most of the land west of the Mississippi during that period]."

Zimmerman Park Expedition, Rice County, Kansas

Zimmerman Park Expedition, Rice County, Kansas
Date: 1929
These ten photographs show various scenes from the Zimmerman Park Expedition at the Indian lodge site in Rice County, Kansas. Members of the expedition included Mark E. Zimmerman, Edward E. Park, Dr. Vance N. Robb, Paul Jones, and Horace Jones.

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