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50 Camp, Crawford County, Kansas

50 Camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1920
A photograph of 50 Camp, or Camp 50, a small unincorporated community in Crawford County approximately 2 miles west of Arma. It was a company town of Central Coal and Coke and continues as a small residential community. Visible is a mine and mining equipment.


Arcadia mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Arcadia mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: 1914-1969
A photograph of the Arcadia mining camp. Arcadia was originally founded as Hathaway in 1857 a half mile north of the current town. The post office was later moved to the site of a railroad siding in approximately 1876. Arcadia is located on the Kansas and Missouri state line, in Crawford County, and is roughly twenty miles northeast of Pittsburg, Kansas. Photographs include images of a school, churches, street scenes, school basketball team, and mining operations.


Arma mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Arma mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: 1905-1943
Photographs and postcards of the mining camp, businesses, community interests, residents, and buildings in Arma, Kansas. The city of Arma was incorporated in 1909 and is located in Crawford County about nine miles north of Pittsburg. Previously the area was known as Rust, a small coal camp laid out in 1886. The town was inhabited by miners from many of the surrounding mines. Arma continues today and is home to a few businesses, a grade school and a high school.


Breezy Hill mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Breezy Hill mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1919
Photographs of Breezy Hill, a small unincorporated settlement about 2 miles east of Arma, in Crawford County. Images include the local school, a street scene, and Joe Kaluza's residence.


Capaldo mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Capaldo mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 - 1920
Here are two photographs of Capaldo, a small, unincorporated town two miles west of Frontenac in Crawford County. It was settled in 1912 by Italian immigrants and was annexed into the City of Frontenac after 2000. Photographs include images of mining operations and a school.


Carona mining camp, Cherokee County, Kansas

Carona mining camp, Cherokee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
Photographs of Carona, Kansas. Carona, originally named Carbona, is located in Cherokee County approximately 3 miles west of the town of Scammon. The post office in Carona was established in 1905 and closed in 1988. A settlement continues at this site as well as a few businesses. Photographs include images of the public school, union hall, and store.


Cherokee mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Cherokee mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
Photographs of Cherokee mining camp. Cherokee was laid out in 1870 and was originally named Litchfield. It is located on the Crawford / Cherokee County line, in Crawford County. It is located about seven miles west of US 69 highway. The town continues to exist. Photographs include the Frisco Station, residences, schools, churches, street scenes, mining equipment, and miner's houses.


Chicopee mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Chicopee mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
Photographs of Chicopee, a small unincorporated community in Crawford County, Kansas. Chicopee is located 5 miles northwest of Pittsburg and continues to be an inhabited town. The post office was established in 1889 and operated intermittently until it closed in 1918. Photographs include images of mining operations, mines, miners, a church, a street scene, and a dance hall.


Coalvale mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Coalvale mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1950
Two photographs of Coalvale (Coalville),a small mining community located in the northeast corner of Crawford County, Kansas. It was located on the Frisco railroad. Photographs include images of the local store and the public school.


Columbus, Kansas

Columbus, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Here are several photographs and postcards of Columbus, Kansas. Columbus is the county seat of Cherokee County and the commercial center for the area. Being a railroad junction, shipping was an important part of its value to the early mining era. Columbus was founded in 1868 and its first post office was opened in 1869. Images include schools, churches, street scenes, the courthouse, the electric light plant, and parks.


Croweburg mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Croweburg mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Photographs of Croweburg, a small unincorporated community in Crawford County located halfway between Arma and Mulberry. Croweburg was made up of four separate mining camps: #14 Croweburg Camp, #15 Croweburg Camp, #16 Croweburg Camp, and New Camp. Being about a half mile apart from one another, the community unified as Croweburg. The town took its name from the Crowe Coal Co., the principal employer of the miners. Croweburg had its own post office from 1908 until 1972. The community still exists. Photographs include images of a church, community hall, a local lake, street scenes, a school, and a meeting hall.


Curranville mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Curranville mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1930
Photographs of Curranville, once located approximately 12 miles east of Girard in Crawford County, Kansas. Curranville was incorporated in 1906 and had its own post office from 1905 to 1915. Photographs include images of a street scene, a residence and the public school.


Dunkirk mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Dunkirk mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1940
Several photographs of Dunkirk, a small unincorporated community located in Crawford County 2 miles west of Franklin. Dunkirk was a camp for the Weir Coal Company and had a post office from 1915 to 1919. The area continues to exist as a cluster of occupied houses. Photographs include images of the local union hall, the public school, and a street scene.


Edison mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Edison mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1940
Here are several photographs of Edison, a mining town located in Crawford County along what is now Highway K-47 about two miles west of US Highway 69. At its peak, the population was approximately 300. There are currently a few houses in the area. Photographs include images of a mine, a theater, schools, a church, a store, and street scenes.


Fleming mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Fleming mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Here are several photographs of Fleming mining camp, a small community located about six miles southwest of Pittsburg, in Crawford County, Kansas. Information suggests that the population of Fleming was at one time about 100 residents. Fleming had a post office from 1892 until it discontinued in 1908. Photographs include images of a church, a school, and a store.


Foxtown mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Foxtown mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: 1905 -1950


Franklin, Crawford County, Kansas

Franklin, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: 1905-1939
These 147 images include photographs, newspaper clippings, and original records from the town of Franklin, in Crawford County, Kansas. It is located on U.S. Highway 69 alternate, approximately 7 miles north of Pittsburg, Kansas. The post office was established in 1908 and now operates as part of the post office in Arma. The town was struck by an EF-5 tornado in 2003 and much of the town has been rebuilt since that. Historically, Franklin was a coal mining town, and the major coal companies in the area were Western Coal and Mining, and Central Coal and Coke. The subjects of these materials include: schools, churches, businesses, coal companies, musicians, miners, the unions and strikes--including the Amazon women's march--and baseball, soccer, and basketball players.


Frontenac, Crawford County, Kansas

Frontenac, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1969
These 15 images include photographs and records related to the town of Frontenac, in Crawford County, Kansas. The materials include school records, certificates of citizenship. The town, established in 1866 and incorporated in 1907, was founded by the Cherokee - Pittsburg Coal Company. There were a number of mining camps in the vicinity and many of the miners lived in Frontenac.


Girard, Kansas

Girard, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1950
Here are several photographs of Girard, Kansas, the county seat of Crawford County. Photographs include images of schools, a post office, a hotel, the courthouse, and the business and residential districts.


Gross mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Gross mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1914 and 1949
Here are photographs of Gross, Crawford County, Kansas. Gross was platted in 1914 and is located 4 miles north and 3 miles east of Arma. Photographs include images of the local school, the town store, and a street scene.


Howe mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Howe mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1939
Two photographs of Howe, Kansas, a small mining community platted about 16 miles northeast of Pittsburg in Crawford County.


Kansas mining camp material

Kansas mining camp material
Date: 1914-1980
Various images and items from throughout Kansas that could not be pinpointed to or not tied to one specific mining camp. Many are contracts or laws adopted in Kansas City or Pittsburg but do not specify as to which specific mining camp.


Kirkwood mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Kirkwood mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1892 and 1929
A photograph showing people gathered in front of a house in Kirkwood, Kansas. Kirkwood is a small community in Crawford County, Kansas, located 2 miles south of Pittsburg and 1 mile west of US 69. It was laid out by Archie Kirkwood in 1892.


Litchfield mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Litchfield mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: 1925-1926
Three photographs of Litchfield, a mining town located 4 miles northeast of Pittsburg in Crawford County. It was originally called Edwin and in 1881 changed its name to Litchfield. Pictured are miners, a mine, and mine equipment.


Mackie mining camp, Cherokee County, Kansas

Mackie mining camp, Cherokee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1939
Three photographs of Mackie Camp, was also known as 42 Camp, once located 5 miles north of Columbus and 1.5 miles west of Highway K-7, in Cherokee County, Kansas. At one time the community had a population of 160 people. Pictured is a school, two businesses, and a residence.


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