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Address before the Old Settler's Reunion, Lincoln, Kansas

Address before the Old Settler's Reunion, Lincoln, Kansas
Creator: Stanley, Arthur Jehu, 1874-1967
Date: September 17, 1915
An address given by Arthur Stanley before the Old Settler's Reunion in Lincoln, Kansas. Stanley recounts life in Lincoln, of living in a dugout, the fear of prairie fires, prairie schooners passing through, the naming and meaning of places in Lincoln, and many other stories of the county and prairie life in general.


Albert C. Morton to Hiram Hill

Albert C. Morton to Hiram Hill
Creator: Morton, Albert C.
Date: August 8, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton related that the fall emigration had begun, Quindaro was crowded, and more buildings were being constructed than ever before. Morton also had found two men interested in renting the home owned by Hill upon its completion. He suggested that it would be best to "keep things quiet" about Samuel N. Simpson, and asked, on the behalf of Guthrie, if Hill planned to travel again to Quindaro.


Allen County, Kansas, floods--1951

Allen County, Kansas, floods--1951
Date: July 1951
These numerous photographs show flooding and flood damage from the Neosho River in Allen County, Kansas. High water marks can be seen on many buildings, as well as debris and destruction left by the water. Many homes, businesses, and public buildings were affected. These photographs were part of a preliminary survey by the Flood Control Committee of the Iola Chamber of Commerce on August 10, 1951. Many of the photos have additional information on their backs.


Andrew J. Mead to John A. Halderman

Andrew J. Mead to John A. Halderman
Creator: Mead, Andrew J.
Date: March 14, 1859
In a letter marked "Confidential" and dated March 14, 1859, Andrew J. Mead of Manhattan, Kansas Territory, writes to enlist John Halderman's help to get Russell, Majors, and Waddell to use a new Blue River ferry at Manhattan, called Johnstons ferry, when they begin hauling freight over the "Great Central Route via Smoky Hill" to the gold mines. Mead is "deeply interested" in this ferry and wishes to negotiate a contract with the freighters for its use.


Anna Margaret Watson Randolph, diary

Anna Margaret Watson Randolph, diary
Creator: Randolph, Anna Margaret Watson, 1838-1917
Date: August 17, 1858 - August 22, 1858
This brief diary, kept by Anna Margaret (Watson) Randolph, begins with her move to Kansas in an entry dated August 17, 1858. These six entries at the beginning of her diary provide details about her family's journey from Ohio to Kansas Territory, included a number of interesting accounts of their journey on a riverboat. Their boat ran aground several times and, interspersed among her descriptions of these difficulties, Anna wrote about her sister Mary Jane, the weather, and her personal observances of other passengers. She also filled her diary with her frustrations and concerns during their arduous journey west.


Arkansas River, Syracuse, Hamilton County, Kansas

Arkansas River, Syracuse, Hamilton County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1909
This is a photograph of people in a boat on the Arkansas River, Syracuse, Kansas. Visible in the background is a bridge.


Arkansas River bridge, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

Arkansas River bridge, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows the Arkansas River Bridge in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas. The photograph shows people on the bridge. The inside rails of the bridge are inscribed with advertisements or signs of some type.


Arkansas River bridge, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

Arkansas River bridge, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows the Arkansas River bridge in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas. Several people are visible on and near the bridge.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's freight operations

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's freight operations
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1946 and 1956
This composite photograph shows the modes of freight services offered by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company hopper cars

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company hopper cars
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1963 and 1969
This black and white photograph shows the cargo ship, the Santa Suzana, docked at the Port of Houston along with several covered hopper cars from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company.


Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Creator: Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Areas
Date: December 7, 1941
These seventeen photographs shows the bombing and destruction at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack by Japanese aircraft brought the United States into World War II. The attack demolished two U.S. Navy battleships, one mine layer, two destroyers, 188 aircraft, and killed 2,388 and wounded 1,178 personnel. Damaged warships included three cruisers, a destroyer, and six battleships. The Japanese losses were minimal.


"Aunt Sally" steamboat on the Arkansas River

"Aunt Sally" steamboat on the Arkansas River
Date: 1878
A view of a large crowd of people aboard the steamboat "Aunt Sally" as it lies docked somewhere along the Arkansas River in Kansas. The boat is riding low in the water because of the weight of the crowd aboard it. Note that the photograph image is backward (see the reversed name on the paddle wheel housing near the stern).


B. W. Lewis Bros. To Governor Thomas Carney

B. W. Lewis Bros. To Governor Thomas Carney
Creator: B. W. Lewis Bros.
Date: August 24, 1863
B. W. Lewis Bros. of Glasgow, Missouri, writes Governor Thomas Carney of Topeka, Kansas, concerning its plan to send emancipated slaves to Kansas. The letter claims a high number of slaves are escaping their masters and are only recovered at considerable expense. The firm outlines a plan to free its slaves by November 1, 1863 and send them to Kansas by boat. The letter asks Governor Carney if he is aware of any objections to this plan. The letter claims that most of the slaves near Glasgow will have escaped to Kansas by year's end. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in areas controlled by Confederate forces, became effective January 1, 1863. As a Union slave state, Missouri was not legally affected by the proclamation.


Battle of North Borneo

Battle of North Borneo
Creator: United States Navy
Date: June 10, 1945
This black and white photograph shows American and Australian troops making a surprise landing during the Labuan Island-Brunei Operation of World War II.


Beauty contestants, Manhattan, Kansas

Beauty contestants, Manhattan, Kansas
Creator: Boeger, Paul
Date: September 25, 1932
This series of photographs show beauty contestants at the Blue Valley Outboard Association held in Manhattan, Kansas. The women's sashes may represent local sponsors.


Benjamin "Pap" Singleton and S. A. McClure

Benjamin "Pap" Singleton and S. A. McClure
Date: 1876
This photograph depicts a steamboat containing freed people in Nashville, Tennessee, with Benjamin "Pap" Singleton and S. A. McClure superimposed in the foreground. Singleton, known as the "Father of the Exodus" for the Exoduster Movement in 1879, organized the Tennessee Real Estate and Homestead Association to facilitate black emigration from the South. His town company founded the Dunlap Colony in Morris County, and a short-lived settlement in Cherokee County, Kansas. His widespread use of advertisements encouraged thousands of former slaves to emigrate to Kansas. McClure was one of his associates and advocate for emigration.


Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson Lith., Kansas City, MO.
Date: 1879
Artist Augustus Koch drew this bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park in Salina, Kansas, in the 1870s and Ramsey, Millett & Hudsen, lithographers of Kansas City, Missouri, created this print in 1879. The print shows the park confined within a bow of the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina. W. R. Geis owned the property and was secretary and manager of the Kansas State Tournament which was held at the park from October 7 - 11, 1879. Besides Geis, tournament organizers included L. C. Wasson, Ottawa; C. J. Kendall, Osage City; J. D. Patterson, Lawrence; Willis Kesler, Salina; D. R. Wagstaff, Salina; W. S. Stambaugh, Abilene. The park included a Swiss cottage (park hotel), a bowling alley, an exposition hall, a flying dutchman merry-go-round, a grand stand and half-mile track, a judge's stand, Vahn's greenhouse, training stables, a ticket office, bird traps and shooting stand, and a river boat steamer called the "Belle of Salina." Since 1977 the park has been home to the annual Smoky Hill River Festival arts fair.


Bird's eye view of the city of Atchison, Kansas

Bird's eye view of the city of Atchison, Kansas
Date: 1869
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Atchison, Kansas, the county seat of Atchison County. The legend at the bottom of the image lists the Court House, Jail, the Public School, St. Benedict's College (Benedictine), Turner Hall, the shops of the Central Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Missouri Valley Railroad depot, and a number of churches. Two African American churches are included in the list. Several of the numbers from the legend are difficult to locate on the lithograph. The name of the artist and the publisher of the lithograph are not legible. The Missouri River forms the eastern boundary of Atchison and Winthrop, Missouri, is across the river from Atchison. A number of steamboats are shown on the river including the N. S. Turner.


Blue River ferries

Blue River ferries
Creator: Root, George Allen, 1867-1949
Date: Between 1890 and 1930
A history of the ferries and ferry companies that operated around Kansas's Blue River, more commonly known as the Big Blue.


Boaters on the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas

Boaters on the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas
Creator: Orr, S. C.
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a stereograph showing people boating on the Kansas River east of Manhattan, Kansas.


Boating

Boating
Creator: Kansas Industrial Development Commission
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This is a view of a boating party and two power boats at a boat dock at an unknown location.


Boating

Boating
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This is a view of two men boating on Tom Pratt's farm in Sheridan County, Kansas.


Boating club, Topeka, Kansas

Boating club, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This sepia colored photograph shows the members of the Topeka Boating Club standing beside their boat the "Outing". In the background, a truss designed bridge commonly associated with railroad transportation is visible.


Boating scene

Boating scene
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
A photograph of two people in a sailboat on Tom Pratt's farm in Sheridan County, Kansas.


Boats on the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas

Boats on the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas
Creator: Orr, S. C.
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a stereograph showing boats on the Kansas River east of downtown Manhattan, Kansas.


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