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1867 flood, Fort Hays, Kansas

1867 flood, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: June 08, 1867
This photograph represents buildings that survived the flooding on June 8, 1867 in Fort Hays, Kansas. At the time of the flood, the buildings standing in the photograph had been built approximately five months prior. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


1895 fire, Hays, Kansas

1895 fire, Hays, Kansas
Date: March 30, 1895
This photograph represents the aftermath that burned fifty-five buildings in Hays, Kansas on March 30, 1895.


7th Cavalry Camp, Fort Hays, Kansas

7th Cavalry Camp, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: 1867
These two photographs represent different views of the 7th Cavalry Camp near Fort Hays, Kansas. In one photograph, men can be sitting in a field outside tents. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


7th Cavalry parade, Fort Hays, Kansas

7th Cavalry parade, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: 1867
This photograph represents an evening parade by the 7th Cavalry near Fort Hays, Kansas. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Aerial spray equipment

Aerial spray equipment
Date: February 20, 1949
This black and white image from the Topeka Daily Capital shows the aerial spray equipment operated by Don Pratt from Hays, Kansas.


Aerial view, Hays, Kansas

Aerial view, Hays, Kansas
Creator: Historic Preservation Services
Date: 1978
This aerial photograph represents the city of Hays, Kansas from 1978.


Aerial view of Ellis County, Kansas

Aerial view of Ellis County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Department of Transportation
Date: October 01, 1951
This aerial photograph, taken by the Kansas Department of Transportation, shows U. S. Highway 40 along the town of Hays in Ellis County, Kansas.


Amelia Earhart sculpture

Amelia Earhart sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
Small plaster bust of aviatrix Amelia Earhart by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Arthur Capper, Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and William Allen White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Originally from Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was a noted American aviation pioneer, author, and celebrity who vanished in a 1937 flight around the world.


Archeological dig, Fort Hays, Kansas

Archeological dig, Fort Hays, Kansas
Creator: National Park Service
Date: 1966
This series of photographs represent different views of the archeological dig that was held in 1966 at Fort Hays, Kansas. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Architectural plans for Frontier Historical Park and Old Fort Hays

Architectural plans for Frontier Historical Park and Old Fort Hays
Creator: Kansas. Division of Architectural Services
Date: December 3, 1966
These are site plans for the Frontier Historical Park and Old Fort Hays, Hays, Kansas, drawn by Architectural Services Division, Department of Administration, Topeka, Kansas. The site plan was adapted from a plan prepared by Sergeant Ellis, Company A, 18th Infantry, 1889. The plans were drawn as part of a project to recondition existing buildings and the caretaker's facilities. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Band, Hays, Kansas

Band, Hays, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This is a photograph of the uniformed members of a band, shown posed on the porch of a home in Hays, Kansas.


Boot Hill Cemetery, Hays, Kansas

Boot Hill Cemetery, Hays, Kansas
Date: 1885
This black and white photograph shows the excavating site of the Boot Hill Cemetery in Hays, Kansas. Located on a hill north of the town of Hays City Kansas, the cemetery was the first in the West to be called Boot Hill. At least seventy-nine outlaws were buried at the site.


Boys Council, Hays, Kansas

Boys Council, Hays, Kansas
Date: 1900
This photograph represents the City Council of Hays, Kansas in 1900. Nicknamed the "Boys Council", members include: Will Carrick, Fred Haffamier, Frank Havemann, John Basgall, Fred Schwaller and Alex Bissing.


Bridge, Fort Hays, Kansas

Bridge, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: 1870
This photograph represents a bridge in Fort Hays, Kansas that passes over a stream surrounded by trees. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Buildings destroyed by fire, Hays, Kansas

Buildings destroyed by fire, Hays, Kansas
Creator: Voss, Nicholas A.
Date: March 30, 1895
This is a photograph showing 55 buildings destroyed by fire in Hays, Kansas.


Bull train on the Dodge City Trail leaving Hays, Kansas

Bull train on the Dodge City Trail leaving Hays, Kansas
Date: 1872
This is a photograph showing A. E. Buedeck's bull train on the Dodge City Trail leaving Hays, Kansas.


C. A. Shirley to J. C. Ruppenthal

C. A. Shirley to J. C. Ruppenthal
Creator: Shirley, C. A.
Date: October 25, 1909
A letter from the Western State Normal School committee to Judge J.C. Ruppenthal announcing the winners of the schoolchildren map contest of 1909. The winners were Frances Palkovsky (first prize), Maggie Hitt (second prize), Merle Hitt (third prize). The contest was organized by Judge J. C. Ruppenthal of Russell, Kansas. The maps were to meet a "requirement of presenting historical data, together with excellence and accuracy of drawing."


Cavalry trooper, Fort Hays, Kansas

Cavalry trooper, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: 1870
This photograph represents a calvary tropper with a saddle mounted horse at Fort Hays, Kansas. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Charles and George Sternberg

Charles and George Sternberg
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
This photograph shows prominent Kansas paleontologists,( left to right), Charles H. Sternberg, 1850-1943, and his son, George F. Sternberg, 1883-1969. The Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas, contains fossils collected by the Sternberg family.


Chief Powder Face with wife and child, Hays, Kansas

Chief Powder Face with wife and child, Hays, Kansas
Creator: Soule, William Stinson, 1836-1908
Date: 1889
These are two photographs of Arapaho Chief Powder Face. In the first photo the chief and his family are sitting on an animal hide on the ground. They are in traditional dress and posed in an outdoor setting near Hays, Kansas. The second image is a portrait of Chief Powder Face in his war bonnet and holding a large staff in his right hand. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


Colonel's house, Fort Hays, Kansas

Colonel's house, Fort Hays, Kansas
Creator: National Park Service
Date: 1913
This photograph represents the Colonel's house at Fort Hays in Ellis County, Kansas. Designed in a colonial style the house can be seen with trees surrounding it with no leaves and two men and two women on the front lawn. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Commanding officer's quarters, Fort Hays, Kansas

Commanding officer's quarters, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1902
This photograph shows the commanding officer's quarters that was once the residence of Generals Custer, Sheridan, and Forsythe at Fort Hays, Kansas. The building was later occupied by the principal of the Western State Normal School.


Commissary and pest house, Fort Hays, Kansas

Commissary and pest house, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: 1873
These two photographs represent the commissary warehouse and pest house at Fort Hays, Kansas. A commissary is a building used as a general store and serves food. The pest house, which may have been it's more commonly referred name as compared to the hospital, was located on the south side of the Fort and later moved to the north side. In 1904, part of the pest house, was moved to the Fort Hays State University campus. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Covered wagon at Fort Hays

Covered wagon at Fort Hays
Date: Between 1850s and 1890s
This is an unmounted tintype of a covered wagon at Fort Hays, Kansas.


Curbing the wind

Curbing the wind
Creator: Aicher, L. C.
Date: 1935
The twenty-ninth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes this short article by L. C. Aicher, superintendent of the Fort Hays Experiment Station in Hays, Kansas. In the article ("Curbing the Wind" in Twenty-Ninth Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture for the Years 1933 to 1934"), Aicher describes the most effective techniques for preventing wind erosion, stating that "the secret in preventing soil from blowing is to keep the surface in a roughened condition." He also gives directions about the best methods for listing land and caring for fallow fields.


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