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African American men playing horseshoes, Kansas City, Kansas

African American men playing horseshoes, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Men playing horseshoes at a recreation center for servicemen and factory personnel in Kansas City, Kansas. This recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Bird's eye view of Denver, Colorado

Bird's eye view of Denver, Colorado
Date: 1887
This black and white drawing shows structures throughout Denver, Colorado, in 1887. There is a key at the bottom that gives numbers for specific structures such as the State Capitol, the county court house, churches, schools, hotels, office buildings, smelters, etc. However, the numbers can be difficult to locate.


Central Park in McPherson, Kansas

Central Park in McPherson, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is a postcard showing Central Park in McPherson, Kansas.


Children playing, Kansas City, Kansas

Children playing, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
These children are on seesaws (teeter totters) at a play center, Kansas City, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Children playing, Wichita, Kansas

Children playing, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
these African American children are playing shuffleboard at a recreation center in Wichita, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Children swinging, Kansas City, Kansas

Children swinging, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
These children are on swings in Kansas City, Kansas. This was part of the Works Progress Administration activities.


City Park Dam, Burlington, Kansas

City Park Dam, Burlington, Kansas
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1925-1930
This view of the City Park Dam, located on the Neosho River at Burlington, Kansas was created by Louis Palenske with his Korona Panoramic View Camera. Palenske operated a photographic studio at Burlington during the 1920s. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


City Park, Lawrence, Kansas

City Park, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1906
A postcard showing South Park, Lawrence, Kansas. The gazebo or bandstand is visible in the photograph.


City Park in Topeka, Kansas

City Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolcott, J.C.
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
This is a postcard showing City Park in Topeka, Kansas. Visible in the postcard is a bandstand and children playing on the lawn.


City Square Park Bandstand

City Square Park Bandstand
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society. Historic Preservation Office
Date: 2013
City Square Park Bandstand is located in Humboldt, Allen County, Kansas. It was built in 1907 by John Nessell (builder) and Charles M. Smith (designer) and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.


City park, Rossville, Kansas

City park, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1956
This is a photograph of the Rossville, Kansas, city park. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


City park in Burlington, Kansas

City park in Burlington, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This is a postcard showing a city park in Burlington, Kansas.


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.


Coronado Heights, Saline County, Kansas

Coronado Heights, Saline County, Kansas
Date: Between 1932 and 1936
Eleven photographs show Coronado Heights, located in the southern part of Saline County, Kansas. The castle at Coronado Heights was constructed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. It is alleged to be near the place where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and turned around to return to Mexico.


Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Kansas

Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Kansas
Creator: Ogden
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a group of men and boys gathered around a fountain in a park in Marion in Marion County, Kansas, during a flood of the Cottonwood River.


Doran lily pool at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas

Doran lily pool at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curteich
Date: 1948
This is a color postcard showing the Doran lily pool at the Reinisch Memorial Rose Garden at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


Driving park, Dodge City, Kansas

Driving park, Dodge City, Kansas
Date: Between 1890s and 1900s
This black and white photograph shows a horse drawn vehicle at the driving park in Dodge City, Kansas.


Foot bridge, Marion, Kansas

Foot bridge, Marion, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
These three photographs show a foot bridge across a creek in a wooded park in Marion, Marion County, Kansas. Two were taken after a flood.


Foot bridge during Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Marion County, Kansas

Foot bridge during Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Marion County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows the location of a foot bridge, which was submerged during a flood on the Cottonwood River in Marion, Marion County, Kansas.


Fountain at City Park in Eureka, Kansas

Fountain at City Park in Eureka, Kansas
Creator: Woolverton Press
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
This is a postcard showing a fountain at City Park in Eureka, Kansas.


Fountain in the city park in Wamego, Kansas

Fountain in the city park in Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1912
This postcard features a rock fountain which had been recently completed in the city park in Wamego, Kansas. According to a brief article published in Municipal Journal, the fountain's dimensions included a 126-foot circumference at the base and a height of 35 feet. At its top was a large bronze stork. The postcard was mailed to Wiley Taylor, of Louisville, Kansas, who at the time was a pitcher for the Austin Senators baseball team of the Texas League. In addition to playing for several minor league teams, Taylor also pitched in 27 major league games, most of them with the St. Louis Browns. Wiley Taylor was a life-long resident of Pottawatomie County, where he farmed and served four terms as the county sheriff (1925-28 and 1945-48).


Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas

Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Valentine-Souvenir Co., New York
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a postcard showing people by a pond at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas

Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Steen, G. B.
Date: 1904
This is a photograph made from a dry plate glass negative showing flowers, a gazebo and pond at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject old west towns - prairie

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject old west towns - prairie
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. Subjects included in this part of the collection are old west towns, parks, people, and prairie.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subjects airports - attractions

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subjects airports - attractions
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s - 2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. Subjects included in this part of the collection are: airports, animals, antiques, and attractions.


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