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A Story of Real Life on The Plains

A Story of Real Life on The Plains
Creator: Van Sickle, S.S.
Date: 1875
A story written by Captain S.S. Van Sickel, in which he recounts his time on the Plains, his experiences with the Indians, and his narrow escape from death during the winter of 1874-75. He was a citizen of Bull City, Kansas (now known as Alton) for several years and also spent time in Dodge City, Great Bend, and Russell.


Album Patch quilt

Album Patch quilt
Date: 1895
Album Patch quilt with numerous handwritten signatures inked on the top. Marks on the center block include the name of Rev. L. C. Schnacke, the notation he was pastor of the First Congregational Church in Great Bend, and the date May 2, 1895. Most of the other names are for residents of Great Bend. This quilt probably was a fund raiser, with a small fee being charged for names to be recorded on it. The marks all appear to be written by the same person.


Alysia Kysar to Governor Joan Finney

Alysia Kysar to Governor Joan Finney
Creator: Kysar, Alysia
Date: March 19, 1991
Alysia Kysar of Liberal, Kansas, writes Governor Joan Finney of Topeka concerning a water rights conflict at Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands in Barton County, Kansas. Kysar is eleven years old. She argues that the importance of wildlife habitats and communal ownership of natural resources, like water, supercede the rights of individual water users along Wet Walnut Creek. Kysar further questions the suitability of irrigated agriculture to an arid environment. In Wet Walnut Irrigators v. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (1992), the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cheyenne Bottoms, citing its earlier claim to water rights.


Applications for Positions

Applications for Positions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 20, 1915
This file includes a letter from Great Bend, Kansas with the enclosing of an application for the position as Deputy Oil Inspector. The file is incomplete and does not include the application. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Arthur Sayler cutting post rock, Albert, Barton County, Kansas

Arthur Sayler cutting post rock, Albert, Barton County, Kansas
Date: Between 1970 and 1990
These photographs show Arthur Sayler of Albert, Barton County, Kansas demonstrating techniques for cutting post rock. Limestone fence posts like these were commonly used in west-central Kansas where timber was scarce.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotives #1440 and #0116

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotives #1440 and #0116
Date: Unknown
This black and white photograph shows two Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company steam engines, #1440 and #0116, at Great Bend, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight house, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight house, Great Bend, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight house built, in 1898, at Great Bend, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company round house, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company round house, Great Bend, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company round house at Great Bend, Kansas. The structure was built in 1889 and measured 38'x80'x87'.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house, Albert, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house, Albert, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house at Albert, Kansas. The structure was built in 1886 and measured 14' x 32' and 14' x 14'.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad time table number 28

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad time table number 28
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 20, 1873
This timetable was for the exclusive use of the employees of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and included the eastern, Arkansas Valley and Wichita divisions.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Beaver, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Beaver, Kansas
Date: 1970
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Beaver, Kansas. The one-story structure was moved to the town of Chase, Kansas where it once housed a gas station.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Belpre, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Belpre, Kansas
Date: May 09, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Belpre, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure built in 1907 measuring 24 feet by 42 feet. The depot still stands and has been moved to the Barton County Museum in Great Bend, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Ellinwood, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Ellinwood, Kansas
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Ellinwood, Kansas. The station no longer provides rail service but houses the Hines-Grossman American Legion Post #320.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Galatia, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Galatia, Kansas
Date: 1970
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Galatia, Kansas. The wooden structure no longer stands.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: 1968
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Great Bend, Kansas. The "county seat" style depot, built in 1911 with white bricks, features an open waiting room and enclosed freight room. The Santa Fe emblems located at the pitch roof and operator's bay are commonly associated with a "county seat" depot. The structure still stands but is no longer in operation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Great Bend, Kansas. The "county seat" style depot built in 1911, with white bricks, features an open waiting room and enclosed freight room. The structure still stands but no longer in operation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: August 1963
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Great Bend, Kansas. The "county seat" style depot, built in 1911 with white bricks, features an open waiting room and a Santa Fe emblem located along the pitch roof. The structure still stands but is no longer in operation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas
Creator: Bohi, Charles W., 1940-
Date: Between 1960s and 1970s
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Great Bend, Kansas. The "county seat" style depot built in 1911, with white bricks, features an open waiting room and a enclosed freight room. The Santa Fe emblems located at the pitch roof and operator's bay are commonly associated with a "county seat" depot. The structure still stands but is no longer in operation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: Between 1911 and 1920
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Great Bend, Kansas. The "county seat" style depot built in 1911 with white bricks, features an open waiting room, and enclosed freight room. The Santa Fe emblems located beneath the pitched roof and on the operator's bay are commonly associated with a "county seat" depot. The structure still stands but is no longer in operation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Pawnee Rock, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Pawnee Rock, Kansas
Date: 1975
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. The structure was moved a block to its current location and is used as a community center and public library.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Rozel, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Rozel, Kansas
Date: Between 1890s and 1970s
These two photographs show the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad depot in Rozel, Kansas. In the first photograph gran bins and a grain elevator are visible. The second image shows the structure in its later years. The station has been moved to Ellinwood, Kansas were it was refurnished and is privately owned.


Atlas and plat book of Barton County, Kansas

Atlas and plat book of Barton County, Kansas
Creator: Kenyon Company (Des Moines, Iowa)
Date: 1916
This atlas and plat book of Barton County contains an outline map of the county, plats of all townships with owners' names, and a Kansas state map showing automobile roads. It also includes a farm animal chart on the health and diseases of horses, cows, hogs, and sheep.


Ball and Cone Earrings from Fort Zarah, 14BT301

Ball and Cone Earrings from Fort Zarah, 14BT301
Date: 1864-1868
These three ball and cone earrings were excavated at Fort Zarah in 1969 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists. The fort was a small outpost on the Santa Fe trail in Barton County occupied from 1864 to 1869. The trading post, where these earrings were located, burned in 1868. Ball and cone earrings were a popular trade item. Two of these are missing their cones. The remaining cone has been flattened.


Barricklow Drug Store, Great Bend, Kansas

Barricklow Drug Store, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
This photograph shows the interior of the Barricklow Drug Store in Great Bend, Kansas. The picture shows items for sale in display cases, a soda fountain, and several people seated at tables in the store.


Barton County livestock brand registrations

Barton County livestock brand registrations
Creator: Kansas. State Planning Board
Date: 1872-1936
Records of livestock brands in Barton County, Kansas, as compiled by workers on a project sponsored by the Kansas State Planning Board. The forms provide the owner's name and county in which he or she resided; date brand was registered; whether it was used for cattle, horses, sheep, or hogs; a brief description usually indicating where the brand was placed on the animal; and a copy of the brand design. The registrations in this folder are in alphabetical order by owner.


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