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A handbook of useful information for immigrants and settlers

A handbook of useful information for immigrants and settlers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1880-1889
Published by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, this pamphlet encouraged agricultural settlement on railroad lands in Kansas by glorifying the state's natural resources including water, soil, mineral deposits and plant life. Printed by the Kansas Farmer in Topeka, Kansas.


Drought report to Governor Landon

Drought report to Governor Landon
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. Division of Water Resources
Date: August 28, 1936
This report by Ogden Jones, a geologist for the State Board of Agriculture, includes detailed information about the effects of the drought that struck Kansas during the 1930s and spawned the Dust Bowl. Jones cites precise figures about water levels in major rivers and wells, in addition to information about crops such as winter wheat, sorghum, oats, hay, rye, and fruits (apples, grapes, etc?). The report also contains maps.


Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands

Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: April 1871
A railroad company advertisement to emigrants promising cheap, abundant and good land for agricultural purposes.


Kansas. Resources, population, industries, opportunities and climate

Kansas. Resources, population, industries, opportunities and climate
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1909
This Union Pacific Railroad pamphlet highlights the natural and human resources found in Kansas at the time of publication.


Kansas state fair, Wichita, Kansas

Kansas state fair, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Fair Association
Date: October 1-5, 1895
A poster promoting the Kansas State Fair to be held at Wichita, Kansas. The poster includes a color illustration of fruits and vegetables.


Lands in Kansas

Lands in Kansas
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1893
This Union Pacific Railway Company pamphlet advertises cheap and affordable land in Kansas for purchase.


Ninth annual exposition and fair, Manhattan, Kansas

Ninth annual exposition and fair, Manhattan, Kansas
Date: September 24 - 27, 1878
This poster advertises the ninth annual exposition and fair at Manhattan, Kansas. Highlights include livestock, agricultural crops, horse racing, baby judging contest, musical and other entertainment events.


Southern Kansas.  Letter in the march number of "camp's emigrants' guide to Kansas," from a New York farmer

Southern Kansas. Letter in the march number of "camp's emigrants' guide to Kansas," from a New York farmer
Creator: Worden, Allen M.
Date: March 8, 1880
This railroad advertisement features a published letter from a New York farm emigrant, lauding the agricultural bountifulness of Kansas to prospective settlers. It was written in Iola, Allen County.


Thirty-first Biennial Report, Statistics by county showing population, acreage, production, and livestock, 1937-1938

Thirty-first Biennial Report, Statistics by county showing population, acreage, production, and livestock, 1937-1938
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1939
This published report contains statistics compiled by the State Board of Agriculture pertaining to population, crop conditions, livestock, and other farm products in western Kansas during the Dust Bowl years of 1937 and 1938; copied from the Thirty-first Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, to the Legislature of the State for the Years 1937 and 1938. The most useful sections for seeing the impact of the Dust Bowl on agriculture are the sections for the counties of Finney, Ford, Grant, Haskell, Hodgeman, Morton, Seward, and Stevens in western Kansas.


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