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6th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas, American Express & Ringling Brothers Circus

6th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas, American Express & Ringling Brothers Circus
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1917
Horse-drawn freight wagon for American Express Company in front of store by same name in Pittsburg, Kansas. A freight wagon nearby holds two milk cans and a large trunk. In 1917 James C. Hughes was Captain of Battery C, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard. Battery C was organized in Pittsburg, Kansas. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available on Kansapedia.


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.C. Nicholson store, Topeka, Kansas

C.C. Nicholson store, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1909
These two sepia colored photographs show the exterior view of C.C. Nicholson's wholesale and retail coal and feed store at 1009 North Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The building in the second image replace the building in the first image. The second image also has a sign for C. F. Bridge, real estate and rental office. Each image also has a horse drawn wagon.


Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, El Dorado, Kansas

Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, El Dorado, Kansas
Date: Between 1914 and 1916
This black and white photograph shows a team of horses and mules inside the pipe yard of the Cities Service Petroleum Corporation at El Dorado, Kansas. These horse drawn wagons were responsible for transporting the heavy equipment to the oil fields.


Comparative Cost of Travel

Comparative Cost of Travel
Date: 1919
Promotional brochure exhorting the virtues of automobiles and trucks over team drive carriages in the hauling of agricultural products over good roads.


Covered wagons on the streets of Caldwell, Kansas

Covered wagons on the streets of Caldwell, Kansas
Date: April 1889
Photo of covered wagons on the streets of Caldwell, Kansas during the gathering of the Oklahoma Boomers.


Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City, Kansas
Creator: Knight, J. Lee
Date: 1872
This photograph of a street scene in Dodge City, in Ford County, depicts three of the town's buildings. The building on the left was the first dance hall in Dodge City, owned by a man named Jones. The second building was a grocery and general store owned by George O. Smith and J. B. Edwards, and the third building, also a general store, was owned by a man named Wolf. Also visible are a crowd of men standing in the street, and two horse-drawn wagons loaded with buffalo hides. Dodge City is located on the Santa Fe Trail in western Kansas.


Evans Brothers bull train in Caldwell, Kansas

Evans Brothers bull train in Caldwell, Kansas
Date: 1882
This is a photograph showing the Evans Brothers bull train in Caldwell, Kansas.


Farmer with a team of mules and horses

Farmer with a team of mules and horses
Date: Between 1935 and 1939
A postcard showing a farmer and his dog with a team of four mules and horses pulling a piece of equipment. The location is unknown.


Ferry Boat, Andernach, on the Rhine, Germany

Ferry Boat, Andernach, on the Rhine, Germany
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
Soldiers are aboard a ferry on the Rhine River in Germany. Notice the horse drawn wagon that is also on the ferry. The photo was taken in 1919 while Captain Hughes was in Germany during the Army of Occupation. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Freighter's corral and house on Big Creek in Ellis County, Kansas

Freighter's corral and house on Big Creek in Ellis County, Kansas
Date: 1868
This is a photograph showing a freighter's corral and house on Big Creek in Ellis County, Kansas.


Freight wagons, Liberal, Kansas

Freight wagons, Liberal, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1901
This black and white photograph shows a team of pack mules hitched to freight wagons on the streets of Liberal, Kansas. In the background, a group of men can be seen standing in front of C. Summers' business.


Gillette & Nicholson lumber yard, Topeka, Kansas

Gillette & Nicholson lumber yard, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1912
This sepia colored photograph shows delivery wagons in front of the Gillette and Nicholson lumber yard at 100 Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. It was across the street from the Rock Island Depot.


Good Roads Help Farmers

Good Roads Help Farmers
Date: 1919
Promotional brochure designed as a talk to encourage road construction to enhance agricultural productivity and rural community development.


History of the 19th Kansas Cavalry--Indian War of 1868-69

History of the 19th Kansas Cavalry--Indian War of 1868-69
Creator: Jenness, George B.
Date: 1869
This history of the 19th Kansas, written by the commander of Company F, George B. Jenness, is mainly composed of extracts from his diary. It includes details about where each company was raised, the names of the officers, organization and implementation of orders, the rigors of army life, and troop movements. Jenness' history also includes information about Samuel J. Crawford, the governor of Kansas, who resigned his position to assume command of the regiment on November 5, 1868. The document contains a copy of a letter from General Philip H. Sheridan to Governor Crawford about the need for calling up troops. Information on Native Americans, including interactions between troops and Native Americans, is also contained within this item. Jenness mentions captive chief including Satanta.


Indian freighter guiding covered freight wagons pulled by horses

Indian freighter guiding covered freight wagons pulled by horses
Date: Unknown
Photo of a sketch of Indian freighter guiding covered freight wagons pulled by horses. The source is not identified but it appears to be a magazine.


J. G. Rudy to Governor Joshua Bailey

J. G. Rudy to Governor Joshua Bailey
Creator: Rudy, J. G.
Date: June 8, 1903
The County Clerk of Johnson County, J. G. Rudy of Olathe, writes Governor Joshua Bailey, of Topeka, regarding the Johnson County Commission's efforts to aid victims of the Kansas River flood. The letter describes the townships most affected by the flood and initial rescue efforts by boat. Mr. Rudy discusses efforts to distribute provisions, including actions taken by the County Commission and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company.


James Tarr's blacksmith Shop, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas

James Tarr's blacksmith Shop, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1898
This photograph shows the exterior of James Tarr's "Plow Work and General Blacksmithing" shop at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas. The building also bears a sign for H. J. Wood and an ad for Catlin's Meerschaum chewing tobacco. There are a number of men standing outside and two horse drawn wagons.


John Brown to Mary Brown & Children every one

John Brown to Mary Brown & Children every one
Creator: Brown, John, 1800-1859
Date: July 17, 1857
In a very brief letter to his "wife & children," John Brown wrote from Iowa, en route to Kansas, that travel was slow because of the freight they were hauling and that little news of interest was coming from Kansas." He closed: "I would give anything to know that I should be permitted to see you all again in this life. But Gods will be done. To his infinite grace I commend you all."


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Main Street, Culver, Kansas

Main Street, Culver, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1905
This photograph shows Main Street looking south in Culver, Kansas. The business on the far right of the picture has an obscured store name, with part of the sign advertising drugs and general merchandise. A bank is visible on the left side of the picture, and several adults and children, along with several horses, carriages, and wagons are visible in the photograph.


Memorandum of trip from Topeka, Kansas, to the Indian Country

Memorandum of trip from Topeka, Kansas, to the Indian Country
Creator: Johnson, Gustaf, 1826-1886
Date: 1868
These excerpts from Gus Johnson's journal record his experiences as a member of the 19th Kansas Cavalry, Company G. The entries are dated from November 12, 1868 to November 26, 1868. Johnson records the movements and activities of his company in addition to the local wildlife (particularly bison), the weather, and the landscape. Johnson's company also had some skirmishes with Indians.


Oliver C. Hickok to William Alonzo Hickok

Oliver C. Hickok to William Alonzo Hickok
Creator: Hickok, Oliver C.
Date: March 05, 1852
A letter written by Oliver C. Hickok, Placerville, California, to his father William Alonzo Hickok, Troy Grove, Illinois. Oliver talks about sending money home to the family and how hard he is working. He is upset with people who accuse him of not supporting the family. Oliver left home in 1851 and went to California in the wake of the gold rush. He became a teamster on the rough trails around Placerville and Folson. He lost an arm after falling from a wagon, but he continued to work as a teamster.


Rules and regulations of Frosts train

Rules and regulations of Frosts train
Creator: Frost, Elijah
Date: June 20, 1857
The rules and regulations for Frosts wagon train. The by-laws state the position of each member and their corresponding duties.


Salina Plumbing Company delivery wagon, Salina, Kansas

Salina Plumbing Company delivery wagon, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
These three photographs show the delivery wagons of the Salina Plumbing Company in Salina, Kansas. The first image shows Anna Geis, the bookkeeper, standing next to the wagon. The second view shows Ed Sharp leaning on the wagon. The last photograph shows just the horse and wagon.


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