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Capt. Cook brought out of jail

Capt. Cook brought out of jail
Date: 1859
An illustration of Captain John Cook, a John Brown follower, being brought out of jail and surrounded by soldiers.


Chase County Courthouse

Chase County Courthouse
Date: Between 1879 and 1885
A view of the Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The architect for the courthouse was John Haskell and the contractor was James Bannon. It was constructed between 1871 and 1873.


Chase County Courthouse

Chase County Courthouse
Date: Between 1874 and 1879
A view of the Chase County Courthouse building in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Designed by architect John G. Haskell and completed in 1873 by contractor James Bannon, the courthouse is an example of the Second Empire/Franco-American architectural style with limestone walls and trim, and pressed metal ceilings.


Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
A view of the Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The courthouse was constructed between 1871 and 1873. The architect was John Haskell and James Bannon was the contractor.


Commercial Street, Lyons, Kansas

Commercial Street, Lyons, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1938
This photograph shows businesses along Commercial Street between East and West Avenues in Lyons, Kansas. Towards the right side of the picture are Swensson Drugs and, just a little farther to the right, Rexall Drugs. Other businesses visible include (from left to right) Chandler National Bank, Anderson Lunch, Groceries and Meats: A Home Grown Store, a lawyer's office, Jones Bakery, a furniture store, a men's wear store, and J. C. Penney Company. Three automobiles are visible parked along the street.


Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia, where John Brown's trial was held.

Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia, where John Brown's trial was held.
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
Post card showing the court house in Charles Town, W. VA. Where John Brown's trial was held.


Courthouse in Hoxie, Sheridan County, Kansas

Courthouse in Hoxie, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1930
These two photographs show the Sheridan County courthouse in Hoxie, Kansas. This stone structure appears to have replaced the old wooden courthouse. A windmill and automobile are visible in the photo. A man and child are walking up to the courthouse in the second photo.


Governor Wise, of Virginia, examining the wounded Harpers Ferry prisoners

Governor Wise, of Virginia, examining the wounded Harpers Ferry prisoners
Date: 1859
A sketch of Governor Wise, of Virginia, examining the wounded Harpers Ferry prisoners in the presence of Senator Mason. A reporter of the New York Herald, a special sketch artist, and an Officer of Marines look on.


Harpers Ferry Insurrection, Ossawattamie Brown

Harpers Ferry Insurrection, Ossawattamie Brown
Creator: Strother, David Hunter
Date: 1859
A drawing of Harpers Ferry Insurrection, Ossawattamie Brown on his way from court to his prison after hearing the death sentence, copied from Harper's Weekly, November 12, 1859. Illustration by David Hunter Strother drawn under the pen name Porte Crayon.


Jail in Allen County, Kansas

Jail in Allen County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
A photograph of a jail in Allen County, Kansas.


John Brown

John Brown
Creator: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Date: 1859
Sketch of John Brown ascending the scaffold preparatory to being hanged, copied from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.


John Brown

John Brown
Creator: Taylor, J.E.
Date: 1859
Sketch of John Brown's sentencing by Judge Richard Parker.


Justice Holmberg's office, Sveadahl, Kansas

Justice Holmberg's office, Sveadahl, Kansas
Creator: Grondal, B.G.
Date: 1908
This black and white postcard shows Justice Holmberg's office in Sveadahl, Kansas. The octagonal brick building with its wooden octagonal tower was located three miles southwest of Lindsborg, Kansas.


Kansas Judicial Center, Topeka, Kansas

Kansas Judicial Center, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Worley, Barry John, 1949-
Date: October 1992
This black and white photograph shows the northwest corner of the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, Kansas. Construction on the three-story building, located at 301 SW 10th Avenue, began on November 26, 1974, when Kansas Governor Robert Docking and his predecessor governor-elect Robert F. Bennett broke ground for the future site in a public ceremony. The native Kansas cottonwood limestone structure was completed in July 1978, at a cost of $12 million dollars. On September 17, 1978, the building was dedicated as the permanent home for the Kansas Supreme Court and the state's unified court system.


Leavenworth jail, Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth jail, Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: 1874
This black and white photograph shows the three-story brick structure of the Leavenworth jail in Leavenworth, Kansas.


Leavenworth jail, Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth jail, Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1871
This sepia colored stereograph shows the three-story structure of the Leavenworth jail in Leavenworth, Kansas. In the background several buildings, a bridge, and the Kansas River are visible.


New Mexico penitentiary

New Mexico penitentiary
Creator: Zook's Pharmacy, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date: Between 1900 and 1929
New Mexico Penitentiary, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Planters State Bank in Salina, Kansas

Planters State Bank in Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1919
This photograph shows the Planters State Bank in Salina, Kansas. It was previously known as John Geis & Co. Bank. In a upper window signage is visible for "T.L. Bond, Lawyer."


Prisoner John Brown and his counsel

Prisoner John Brown and his counsel
Creator: Strother, David Hunter
Date: 1859
Prisoner John Brown and his Boston counsel, Mr. Hoyt. Drawn by David Hunter Strother.


Sketch of the prisoners Cook, Coppic, Greene, and Copeland

Sketch of the prisoners Cook, Coppic, Greene, and Copeland
Creator: Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper
Date: 1859
Sketch of the prisoners Cook, Coppic, Greene, and Copeland receiving sentence to death, copied from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.


Street scene in Charles Town, Virginia, during John Brown's trial

Street scene in Charles Town, Virginia, during John Brown's trial
Creator: Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper
Date: November 19, 1859
A sketch of a street scene in Charlestown, Virginia, during the trial of John Brown. The prison, the gurad house and the courthouse are all in view. Copied from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.


The arraignment of John Brown

The arraignment of John Brown
Creator: Strother, David Hunter
Date: 1859
A sketch of the arraignment of John Brown and followers, copied from Harper's Weekly.


The sentinel firing at Cook and Coppic

The sentinel firing at Cook and Coppic
Creator: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Date: 1859
A sketch of the sentinel firing at Cook and Coppic, as they were endeavoring to escape from the jail at Charlestown, on Thursday night, Dec. 15, 1859. Copied from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. John Cook and Edwin Coppic were arrested for their involvement in John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia).


The trial of John Brown

The trial of John Brown
Creator: Strother, David Hunter
Date: 1859
The trial of John Brown, at Charlestown, Virginia, for treason and murder, copied from Harper's Weekly.


Trial of Captain John Brown

Trial of Captain John Brown
Date: 1859
The trial of Captian John Brown in Charlestown, Virginia.


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