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A flock of sheep on the Sewell Tarr ranch in Comanche County, Kansas

A flock of sheep on the Sewell Tarr ranch in Comanche County, Kansas
Date: 1940
This is a photograph of a flock of sheep on the Sewell Tarr ranch in Comanche County, Kansas. Oliver Frank Tarr bought 10 or 12 head of ewes and one buck in 1936. Within two weeks, his father wanted to become a partner and he purchased the same number. From that point on they were parteners until Oliver Frank Tarr graduated from high school in 1940.


A. H. Baker's sheep ranch, Comanche County, Kansas

A. H. Baker's sheep ranch, Comanche County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1898
A photograph showing a flock of 2000 sheep on A. H. Baker's ranch on Lower Bluff Creek in Comanche County, Kansas.


A round-up on Tom Kern's ranch in Coldwater, Kansas

A round-up on Tom Kern's ranch in Coldwater, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1897
A round-up herd of about 1,200 cattle on Tom Kerns' ranch south of Coldwater, Kansas, in 1897. Cowboys on horses are visible in the background.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Ashland, Kansas
Date: 1971
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Ashland, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure with batten siding was built in 1887 and measured 24 feet by 92 feet. The structure still stands but was moved to Protection, Kansas for private use.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Coldwater, Kansas
Date: 1950-1960
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Coldwater, Kansas. The station was later moved to Buttermilk, Kansas.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Coldwater, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 28, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Coldwater, Kansas. The depot was built in 1887 and measured 24'x92'.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Coldwater, Kansas
Creator: Bohi, Charles W., 1940-
Date: Bewteen 1950s and 1960s
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Coldwater, Kansas. The station was later moved to Buttermilk, Kansas.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Coldwater, Kansas
Date: Between 1970 and 1975
These two photographs show the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Coldwater, Kansas. The station was later moved to Buttermilk, Kansas. One of the photographs shows Oliver Frank Tarr standing by the operator's window.


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

Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Protection, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 28, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Protection, Kansas. The depot was built in 1887 and measured 24'x78'.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Protection, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Protection, Kansas. Visible in the photograph are people standing on the railroad platform, tracks and a water tank.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Protection, Kansas
Creator: Kelley, Frank O.
Date: 1972
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Protection, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure with batten siding is standing and is in poor condition.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Wilmore, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 28, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Wilmore, Kansas. Two piles of blankets or other material are visible in front of the depot. Built in 1887 (and remodeled in 1923), the depot measured 24' x 42'. The original print is faded on the right side.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Wilmore, Kansas
Date: 1900
This sepia-colored photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Wilmore, Kansas. In the background, a steam locomotive and water tank are visible.


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

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house, Wilmore, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 28, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house at Wilmore, Kansas. Built in 1903, the structure measured 18' x 28'.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company tool house, Wilmore, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company tool house, Wilmore, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 28, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company tool house at Wilmore, Kansas.


Bone Rasp from the Bell Site, 14CM407

Bone Rasp from the Bell Site, 14CM407
Date: 1000-1500 CE
These bison bone rasps were recovered from the Bell village site in Comanche County. They were made by cutting grooves into a bison rib. Archeologists believe that artifacts like these could have been used as musical instruments by drawing a stick across the grooves. The Bell site is a Middle Ceramic period Wilmore complex site occupied by people who gardened, fished, and hunted, primarily bison in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma. The site was the focus of the 1984 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school.


Bone Rasp from the Bell Site, 14CM407

Bone Rasp from the Bell Site, 14CM407
Date: 1000-1500 CE
This bison bone rasp was recovered from the Bell village site in Comanche County. It was made by cutting grooves into a bison rib. Archeologists believe that artifacts like these could have been used as musical instruments by drawing a stick across the grooves. The Bell site is a Middle Ceramic period, Wilmore complex site occupied by people who gardened, fished, and hunted, primarily bison in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma. The site was the focus of the 1984 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school.


Bone Tools from the Booth Site, 14CM406

Bone Tools from the Booth Site, 14CM406
Date: 1400-1499 CE
These bone awls and needle were recovered from the Booth archeological site in Comanche County during the Kansas Archeology Training Program field school in 1989. Awls such as these are usually made from deer bone. Needles typically were made from bone splinters, then sharpened and polished. Awls and needles were used to make holes in soft material, like hides, and possibly in basket and pottery manufacturing and applying tattoos. The Booth site has evidence of multiple or long term occupations that are part of the Wilmore complex (1000 - 1500 CE) in western Kansas.


Branding, dipping, and dehorning cattle, Comanche County, Kansas

Branding, dipping, and dehorning cattle, Comanche County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1893 and 1899
A photograph of cowboys branding, dipping, and dehorning cattle on the Lightner ranch, Comanche County, Kansas. The cattle are in a corral and in the background is a barn.


Brockway school buses

Brockway school buses
Date: 1925
View of Brockway school buses waiting outside Protection, Kansas school.


Cattle branding on the Garst ranch south of Coldwater, Kansas

Cattle branding on the Garst ranch south of Coldwater, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1903
This is a view of a cowboy branding an animal on the Garst ranch south of Coldwater, Kansas. Two cowboys on horseback are holding ropes attached to the animal, and a herd of cattle is visible in the background.


Cattle grazing in Comanche County, Kansas

Cattle grazing in Comanche County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
Cattle grazing and people fishing on a ranch in Comanche County, Kansas.


Cattle roundup in Comanche County, Kansas

Cattle roundup in Comanche County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
A photograph showing a roundup scene in Comanche County, Kansas. The cattle are possibly grazing on land held by the Comanche Cattle Pool.


Claims, 1878 Indian Raid, Barber - Comanche counties

Claims, 1878 Indian Raid, Barber - Comanche counties
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1878
The following documents are reports given and claims filed by individuals impacted by the Native American raids the State of Kansas during late September. This description does not cover all the claims made in this file, only just a few. A report filed by S. B. Williams states his ranch was attacked by Native Americans on September 18, and about six weeks later, he found a body of a man about 45 years old. A claim made by Patrick Ryan swears an oath that in September, he sustained damages equaling $1700 caused by members of the Cheyenne tribe that raided the state of Kansas. A report from J. W. Wayland gives an account of his story concerning the Cheyenne raid that took place in September and October of 1878. In September 1878, the Cheyenne were making their way back to their former home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. During their journey, they passed through and raided many counties in Kansas.


Comanche County livestock brand registrations

Comanche County livestock brand registrations
Creator: Kansas. State Planning Board
Date: 1884-1936
Records of livestock brands in Comanche 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 these folders are in chronological order by date filed.


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