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Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson Lith., Kansas City, MO.
Date: 1879
Artist Augustus Koch drew this bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park in Salina, Kansas, in the 1870s and Ramsey, Millett & Hudsen, lithographers of Kansas City, Missouri, created this print in 1879. The print shows the park confined within a bow of the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina. W. R. Geis owned the property and was secretary and manager of the Kansas State Tournament which was held at the park from October 7 - 11, 1879. Besides Geis, tournament organizers included L. C. Wasson, Ottawa; C. J. Kendall, Osage City; J. D. Patterson, Lawrence; Willis Kesler, Salina; D. R. Wagstaff, Salina; W. S. Stambaugh, Abilene. The park included a Swiss cottage (park hotel), a bowling alley, an exposition hall, a flying dutchman merry-go-round, a grand stand and half-mile track, a judge's stand, Vahn's greenhouse, training stables, a ticket office, bird traps and shooting stand, and a river boat steamer called the "Belle of Salina." Since 1977 the park has been home to the annual Smoky Hill River Festival arts fair.


Capital city rifle team in Topeka, Kansas

Capital city rifle team in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1885
This a photograph of the Capital City Rifle Team in Topeka, Kansas. In 1885, the club changed its name to the Topeka Rifle Club. Members are identified as: seated (right to left) Robert Thompson, George Morrison, J. T. Williams, E. W. Sherman, and Reed McCarter, and standing (right to left) John Leonard Paine, C. C. Trimmer, J. H. or L. Leonard, and F. H. Martin.


Gun club in Potter, Kansas

Gun club in Potter, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1899
This is a photograph of the Potter Gun Club in Potter, Kansas.


Louis, Emma and Florence Palenske at Mill Dam

Louis, Emma and Florence Palenske at Mill Dam
Date: Around 1910
This is a view of Louis Palenske, with rifle, his wife, Emma Palenske, and daughter, Florence on the dam at the Palenske's flour mill at Alma, Kansas. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Sixth annual exposition to be held at Bismark Grove, Lawrence, Kansas

Sixth annual exposition to be held at Bismark Grove, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1885
This poster announces the sixth annual fair at Bismark Grove in Lawrence, Kansas.Highlights include running and trotting races, a state shooting tournament, three bands, and street cars.


The big fair! Seventh year! Marshall County exposition

The big fair! Seventh year! Marshall County exposition
Creator: Marshall County Agricultural Society
Date: September 30, 1879-October 3, 1979
This poster announces the seventh Marshall County exposition to be held in Marysville, Kansas. Highlights of the event include a solders reunion, a veteran's rifle shooting competition, two bands, and an opening address by former Kansas governor George Anthony.


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