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Alfred and Elizabeth Springett Mercer

Alfred and Elizabeth Springett Mercer
Date: 1870
This is a photograph of Alfred and Elizabeth Springett Mercer who came to the United States from England with their seven children. The family settled in Cottonwood, Chase County, which later became Strong City, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's water tank, Diamond Springs, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's water tank, Diamond Springs, Kansas
Date: May 1931
This photograph shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steel water tank in Diaming Spring, Kansas. The water tank built in 1912 is station along the Middle Division of the Strong City District, approximately fifteen to twenty miles northwest of Strong City, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Diamond Springs, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Diamond Springs, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s
This sepia colored postcard shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Diamond Springs. The one-story structure was located approximately fifteen to twenty miles northwest of Strong City, Kansas. Families and other passengers are waiting at the station.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1913 and 1923
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Strong City, Kansas. The one-story "county seat" style depot built in 1913, east of the original depot, features a gabled roof with a operator's bay, a waiting room and a freight room with a flat roof. The building is no longer in operation but was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas
Date: 1915
This postcard shows a horse drawn-trolley car north of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Strong City, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1900s
This photograph shows the first Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Strong City, Kansas. Several men are standing in front of the depot.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at mile post 131.7 in Strong City, Kansas. The one-story "county seat" style depot built in 1913, east of the original depot, features a gabled roof with a operator's bay, a waiting room and a freight room with a flat roof. The building is no longer in operation but was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This sepia colored postcard shows the first Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Strong City, Kansas.


Band, Strong City, Kansas

Band, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between January 01, 1890 and December 31, 1900
Band riding on horse-drawn wagon in Strong City, Kansas


Buildings in the 300 block of Cottonwood Street in Strong City, Kansas

Buildings in the 300 block of Cottonwood Street in Strong City, Kansas
Date: 1875
This is a photograph showing businesses including the Strong City Bank and grocery stores in the 300 block of Cottonwood Street in Strong City, Kansas. Visible in the photograph is construction on a building at the end of the block.


Consolidated Street Railway Company, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Consolidated Street Railway Company, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This photograph shows a group of men gathered around horse drawn trolley cars operated by the Consolidated Street Railway Company between Cottonwood Falls, Kansas and Strong City, Kansas.


Flint Hills Rodeo

Flint Hills Rodeo
Date: Between 1940 nd 1949
This photograph shows a saddle bronc rider at the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, Kansas. The rodeo started in 1937 at the E. C. Roberts ranch in Strong City and is considered the "oldest consecutive rodeo in Kansas." The event is held the first weekend in June in Strong City, Kansas.


Fourth of July parade, Strong City, Kansas

Fourth of July parade, Strong City, Kansas
Date: July 04, 1899
This black and white photograph shows a driver dressed as a clown and his donkey pulling a two- wheeled cart, during a Fourth of July parade in Strong City, Kansas. The donkey is wearing a banner that reads "We all drink buttermilk nothing stronger in Strong".


Herbert Clark Hoover, Strong City, Kansas

Herbert Clark Hoover, Strong City, Kansas
Date: August 20, 1928
This sepia colored photograph shows Herbert Clark Hoover, Republican candidate for Presidency, with members of the Kansas Republican party campaigning in Strong City, Kansas. The campaign trip took Hoover from Dodge City to Topeka. Individuals captured in the photograph are identified on the reverse of the photograph.


Horse drawn streetcar, Strong City, Kansas

Horse drawn streetcar, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This is a photograph showing the Consolidated Street Railway Company's horse drawn streetcar, which operated between Strong City and Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.


Kansas Wagon Depot Hotel, Strong City, Kansas

Kansas Wagon Depot Hotel, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s
This black and white photograph shows a group of men standing in front of the the Kansas Wagon Depot Hotel in Strong City, Kansas. The two-story limestone structure was also known as the Old Bank Hotel.


Map of the Spring Hill and Deer Creek Farms, Strong City, Kansas

Map of the Spring Hill and Deer Creek Farms, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Unknown
The Spring Hill and Deer Creek farms in Chase County, Kansas, were owned by Bernie Lantry. This map shows Strong City, Kansas, various structures (houses, corrals, quarries, etc.) and where various crops were planted. The legal descriptions for the areas shown on the map are Townships18 S and 19 S in Range 8 E. The map also shows how the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway crossed the property as well as the Cottonwood River and Fox Creek. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve includes much of the land that was part of the Lantry Ranch. The original of this document is owned by the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.


Photo album of Lottie Luella Norris

Photo album of Lottie Luella Norris
Date: 1927-1932
A photo album from Luella Lottie Norris, long-time educator in Strong City, Kansas. Lottie was a graduate of Emporia State Teachers College where she received her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Education. She was an elementary school teacher from 1928 until her retirement in 1973, the last seven years of her career were spent with the Beloit Unified School District No. 273. Photos include school floats, a church building in Cottonwood Falls, industrial buildings, train wreck west of Strong City, flooding near the Cottonwood Bridge, a ranch view, and many photographs of Luella's students. Many of the student images have separated from their photo album holdings, the names of the students are on the photo album pages but there is no identification on the actual student photographs. Also included in the album is a photograph of a highway near Cassoday, Kansas; Waverly, Kansas during the summer of 1929; and 2308 Buchanan St. in Topeka, Kansas.


Plat book, Chase County, Kansas

Plat book, Chase County, Kansas
Creator: North West Publishing Co.
Date: 1901
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Preston Dunn, World War I diary

Preston Dunn, World War I diary
Creator: Dunn, Preston
Date: 1917 - 1918
A diary written by Preston Dunn who served in Company D 314th Engineers and Ambulance Company 119th, 105 Sanitation Train during World War I. He enlisted on November 20, 1917 at Alma, Kansas. He was born in Emporia, Kansas. Later, Dunn, a pharmacist, owned a drug store in Eskridge, Kansas.


Rodeo chaps

Rodeo chaps
Creator: Roberts, Gerald, 1919-2004
Date: 1963
Rodeo chaps made of green- and cream-colored naugahyde and decorated with metal conchos. The appliqued letters "FHR" stand for "Flint Hills Rodeo." The legs are padded with foam rubber. Gerald Roberts made these pick-up man's chaps, in 1963, for the Flint Hills Rodeo. As Gerald's workmanship became fashionable among the rodeo crowd, he and wife Pat started a company called Chap-Parel. Operating out of their Abilene home beginning in 1964, Gerald and Pat sold custom-made rodeo and working chaps and other riding accessories for a number of years.


Round House gang, Strong City, Kansas

Round House gang, Strong City, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This photograph shows a group of men from the Round House gang in Strong City, Kansas. Some of the individuals have been identified according to the following attachment.


Round House gang, Strong City, Kansas

Round House gang, Strong City, Kansas
Date: 1932
This photograph shows a group of men from the Round House gang in Strong City, Kansas.


Santa Fe. A farm home train

Santa Fe. A farm home train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: May 10-22, 1937
This nine car demonstration train was featuring presentations for better farm homes. It was operated jointly by the Kansas State Agricultural College and the Santa Fe. It would visit a number of Kansas communities. The train had special features for women and children. J. R. Jarrell, manager, Agricultural Development for Santa Fe, organized the train.


Santa Fe lime special

Santa Fe lime special
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: 1928
The Lime Special was operated by the Santa Fe Railway in cooperation with the Kansas State Agricultural College and the Kansas State Board of Agriculture. It was scheduled to operate July 9--17, 1928. Five cars of exhibits were available along with a series of lectures. The quote at the bottom of the poster was "MORE LIME, MORE LEGUMES, MORE CROPS, MORE PROFIT."


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