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Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1964
These two aerial photographs show railroad tracks, including the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, going through Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas. The Standard Oil Company processing and storage facility is visible alongside the tracks.


Arkansas City Milling Company, Arkansas City, Kansas

Arkansas City Milling Company, Arkansas City, Kansas
Creator: Croft & Cusick
Date: May 1890
A sepia colored photograph of the Arkansas City Milling Company and canal in Arkansas City, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: October 1967
This colored slide shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight train pulled by a diesel powered locomotive engine #1118 near Kansas City, Kansas.


A trip with the camera man

A trip with the camera man
Date: 1940
This silent film by an unknown photographer features various businesses and industries in Lawrence, Kansas. The film begins with children playing on a playground followed by an airplane landing at an airport. The photographer visits an airplane factory, the Wister Chevrolet Co. car dealer and repair shop, a roller skating rink, the L. T. Harris Co. Oil-O-Matic appliance dealer, a shooting range, a machine shop, an ice plant, the Hall Brothers truck lines, the Cadwell chick hatchery, and a restaurant. The film ends with a plane taking off from the airport.


Cedar Bluff Mill, Rossville, Kansas

Cedar Bluff Mill, Rossville, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1912
The Cedar Bluff Mill was built in 1869 by Joseph Perry, three miles north of Rossville on Cross Creek. Flour was manufactured there until the 1880s and later the mill was used for coarser products. The Pottawatomi Indians were the principal patrons as they brought their grist to be ground. Ben F. Reser purchased it about 1900 and ran it for many years. 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.


Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas

Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This photograph shows a view of the Cedar Point Mill and Dam in Cedar Point, Kansas. The three and a half story native limestone structure was built in 1875 by abolitionist Orlo H. Drinkwater and his partner Peter Paul Schriver along the Cottonwood River in the community of Cedar Point. For a number of years flour was milled from the facility until operations came to a close in the early 1940s. In 2006 the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.


Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas

Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas
Date: 1957
This black and white photograph shows the Cedar Point Mill and Dam in Cedar Point, Kansas. The three and a half story native limestone structure was built in 1875 by abolitionist Orlo H. Drinkwater and his partner Peter Paul Schriver along the Cottonwood River. For a number of years flour was milled from the facility until operations came to a close in the early 1940s. In 2006, the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.


Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas

Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This black and white photographs shows a view of the Cottonwood River and the Cedar Point Mill and Dam in Cedar Point, Kansas. The three and a half story native limestone structure was built in 1875 by abolitionist Orlo H. Drinkwater and his partner Peter Paul Schriver along the Cottonwood River. For a number of years flour was milled from the facility until operations came to a close in the early 1940s. In 2006, the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.


Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas

Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas
Date: 1957
This photograph shows the Cedar Point Mill and Dam in Cedar Point, Kansas. The three and a half story native limestone structure was built in 1875 by abolitionist Orlo.H. Drinkwater and his partner Peter Paul Schriver along the Cottonwood River. For a number of years flour was milled from the facility until operations came to a close in the early 1940s. In 2006, the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.


Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas

Cedar Point Mill and Dam, Cedar Point, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This photograph shows the Cedar Point Mill and Dam in Cedar Point, Kansas. The three and a half story native limestone structure was built in 1875 by abolitionist Orlo. H. Drinkwater and his partner Peter Paul Schriver along the Cottonwood River. For a number of years flour was milled from the facility until operations came to a close in the early 1940s. In 2006, the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.


Dunn's Mill, Douglas, Kansas

Dunn's Mill, Douglas, Kansas
Date: 1903
This black and white photograph shows Dunn's Mill on the Walnut River in Douglas, Kansas. In the foreground two young girls are standing on rocks in the middle of the river.


Dunn's Mill, Douglas, Kansas

Dunn's Mill, Douglas, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This sepia-colored photograph shows Dunn's Mill along the Walnut River in Douglas, Kansas. In the foreground a group of people are visible along the dam.


Fredonia Mill Company, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas

Fredonia Mill Company, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1898
This is a photograph of the exterior of the the Fredonia Milling Company in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas. It is a four story frame building.


Jayhawk Oil Company and the Kent Oil Company, Salina, Kansas

Jayhawk Oil Company and the Kent Oil Company, Salina, Kansas
Date: June 1936
This photograph shows the buildings housing the Jayhawk Oil Company and the Kent Oil Company in Salina, Kansas.


L.B. Milling Company

L.B. Milling Company
Date: Between 1880 and 1899
This photograph shows the L.B. Milling Company in Manhattan, Kansas. In the background, Union Pacific box cars are visible with men and horse-drawn wagons waiting along the loading dock.


Lee Warren Milling Company, Salina, Kansas

Lee Warren Milling Company, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ekstrand Drug & Book Company
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This hand colored postcard shows the Lee Warren Milling Company in Salina, Kansas. The mill claimed they processed 500 barrels daily.


Mills and factories, Arkansas City, Kansas

Mills and factories, Arkansas City, Kansas
Creator: Croft & Cusick
Date: May 1890
A sepia colored photograph of mills and factories in Arkansas City, Kansas.


Mining scene, Galena, Kansas

Mining scene, Galena, Kansas
Creator: Ober, M.E.
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
A postcard view of a mining scene in Galena, Kansas.


Mining scenes, Galena, Kansas

Mining scenes, Galena, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
Photographs of mining scenes in Galena, Kansas. One photograph includes a scene of an Empire City concentrating plant.


National Refining Company, Coffeyville, Kansas

National Refining Company, Coffeyville, Kansas
Date: Between 1923 and 1925
An album with photographs and information on the National Refining Company, Coffeyville, Kansas. The refinery was built on 75 acres in northeast Coffeyville. At the time of construction, National Refining Company was the second largest oil company in the nation with Standard Oil being first. The Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad laid tracks to the refinery's site and construction was started in 1904. Oil from Coffeyville and the north territory was piped to the refinery. Capacity was 2,500 barrels per day, and by the 1920s, it was one of the largest independent refineries in the country. Included in the album are photographs of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad locomotives pulling tank cars, buildings, laboratories, employees, and equipment at the refinery. The scrapbook includes descriptions of the various processes that occur at the refinery. There are some equipment photos from 1906 next to the 1925 version of the same equipment.


Packing house, Junction City, Kansas. 423 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Packing house, Junction City, Kansas. 423 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows an exterior view of a packing house in Junction City, Kan. Visible in the photograph are stacks of wooden barrels. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Pittsburg Zinc Company, Pittsburg, Kansas

Pittsburg Zinc Company, Pittsburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
A view of the Pittsburg Zinc Company's smelter operation in Pittsburg, Kansas. Pittsburg became an early zinc smelting center because of its proximity to the large coal fields and rich zinc mines in the Tri-State Mining District of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.


Soden's flour mill and dam, Emporia, Kansas

Soden's flour mill and dam, Emporia, Kansas
Creator: Walker, Russell W.
Date: Between 1920s and 1930s
These two black and white photographs show the Soden flour mill and dam along the Cottonwood River in Emporia, Kansas. The two-story structure was built in 1860 by William T. Soden. It later burned to the ground in the 1930s.


Soden's flour mill and dam, Emporia, Kansas

Soden's flour mill and dam, Emporia, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This black and white photograph shows the Soden flour mill and dam along the Cottonwood River in Emporia, Kansas. The two-story structure was built in 1860 by William T. Soden. It later burned to the ground in the 1930s.


Stone sawing mill at Junction City, Kansas. 423 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Stone sawing mill at Junction City, Kansas. 423 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows a stone sawing mill at Junction City, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


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