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All bound for the Kansas valleys!

All bound for the Kansas valleys!
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
This brochure advertises the sale of five million acres of land by the Kansas Pacific Railroad, along the Kaw, Big Blue, Republican, Smoky Hill, Solomon, Saline, and Victoria Rivers in Kansas. The illustration on the last page may have been drawn by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


Annabelle Delp's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Annabelle Delp's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: Delp, Annabelle Lee, 1895-1986
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Annabelle Delp, showing creeks, the Denver Trail, and the homesteaders of Grant Township, Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County. Annabelle also compiled a comprehensive list of homesteaders in the township. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part nine of twelve. Views of Manhattan from Mount Prospect, the Jane C. Stormont Hospital and Christ's Hospital in Topeka, and Fort Scott National Cemetery are some of the featured photographs.


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.


Bull train crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Bull train crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows a bull train and cattle crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. Visible in the photograph is a covered wagon. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Cattle fording the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Cattle fording the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
THis stereograph shows cattle crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. Visible in the stereograph is a covered wagon. The image is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Charles Strecker's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Charles Strecker's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: Strecker, Charles
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Charles Strecker showing creeks, the Denver Trail, and the homesteaders of Grant Township, Township 14 South, Range 14 West in Russell County. Charles also compiled a list of land owners in the township. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Dean Bosserman's map of Township 15 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Dean Bosserman's map of Township 15 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: Bosserman, Dean L., 1901-1977
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Dean Bosserman showing creeks, school houses, churches and quarries of Township 15 South, Range 14 West, Russell County. Dean also includes a history of Lincoln township, focusing on Germen-Russian settlement. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Ethel McConnell's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Ethel McConnell's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: McConnell, Ethel I. (Irene), 1898-1978
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Ethel I. (McConnell) Brandenburg, showing creeks, the Denver Trail, and the homesteaders of Grant Township, Township 14 South, Range 14 West, in Russell County. Ethel also gives a comprehensive list of property owners within the township. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Fay Newcommer's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Fay Newcommer's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: Newcommer, Fay, 1893-1974
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Fay (Newcommer) Bear showing creeks, the Denver Trail, and the homesteaders of Grant Township, Township 14 South, Range 14 West, in Russell County. On a four pages note, Fay gives a comprehensive list of the names of the present owners and homesteaders of the township. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Ferdinand Deines' map of Township 15 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Ferdinand Deines' map of Township 15 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: Deines, Ferdinand, 1897-1980
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Ferdinand Deines showing creeks, school houses, churches and quarries of Township 15 South, Range 14 West, Russell County. Ferdinand also includes a history of Lincoln township, focusing on the settlement of Germen-Russians at the end of the 19th century. With this map, he won the 4th prize of fifty cents in the 1910 map contest. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Ferries in Kansas

Ferries in Kansas
Date: 1880-1935
Letters and notes to George A. Root concerning ferries and ferry companies that operated in Kansas. Included among the letters is a map of several ferry crossings near Shawnee County along the Kansas River and another map of ferries along the Neosho River.


Flood in Junction City, Kansas

Flood in Junction City, Kansas
Creator: Teitzel, L.
Date: May 29, 1903
A photograph showing street car tracks on 8th Street submerged when the Smoky Hill River flooded, Junction City, Kansas.


Flood in Junction City, Kansas

Flood in Junction City, Kansas
Date: May 29, 1903
A photograph showing a Missouri, Kansas & Texas railroad car damaged when the Smoky Hill River flooded, Junction City, Kansas.


Flooding, Saline County, Kansas

Flooding, Saline County, Kansas
Date: 1950
This aerial photo shows what is above water on a farm northwest of Salina, Kansas, where water from uncontrolled tributary creeks of the Smoky Hill River inundated the countryside around 1950.


Hazel McConnell's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Hazel McConnell's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: McConnell, Hazel B., 1900-1933
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Hazel B. (McConnell) Murphy, showing creeks, the Denver Trail, and the homesteaders of Grant Township, Township 14 South, Range 14 West, in Russell County . Hazel also gives a comprehensive list present property owners within the township. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


Herbert Boxberger's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County

Herbert Boxberger's map of Township 14 South, Range 14 West, Russell County
Creator: Boxberger, Herbert, 1897-1969
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Herbert Boxberger, showing creeks, the Denver Trail, and the homesteaders of Grant Township, Township 14 South, Range 14 West in Russell County. Herbert also compiled a comprehensive list of the homesteaders of the township. This is one of several maps drawn by school children for a contest 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."


History of Kansas and emigrant's guide

History of Kansas and emigrant's guide
Creator: Chapman, J. Butler
Date: 1855
The title page of the printed volume indicated that it contained "a description geographical and topographical--also climate, soil, productions and comparative value with other states and territories, including its political history, officers-candidates-emigrant colonies-election, abolition, squatter and pro-slavery contentions and inquisitions; with the prospects of the territory for freedom or slavery." Mr. Chapman was a resident of the territory and the information in the booklet was compiled by traveling through Kansas Territory in 1854. The description covers most of the territory and includes information about Native American tribes and lands.


Indian Hier[o]glyphic Rock on Smoky Hill River, Kansas

Indian Hier[o]glyphic Rock on Smoky Hill River, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows Indian Hieroglyphic Rock on the Smoky Hill River, Kansas. The photo was taken fifteen miles northeast of Fort Harker and 496 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri. Fort Harker was located in present day Kanopolis, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Johnson's New Military Map of the United States

Johnson's New Military Map of the United States
Creator: Johnson & Ward
Date: 1861
Map showing the military forts and posts across the United States. Inset illustrations show waterways located in Baltimore, Washington, D. C., Hampton Roads, Charleston Harbor, Savannah River, Key West, Pensacola Bay, Mobile Bay, and New Orleans. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Junction of Smoky & Republican River, Kansas. 420 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Junction of Smoky & Republican River, Kansas. 420 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows the convergence of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers near Junction City, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Kansas: a description of the country, its soil, climate & resources

Kansas: a description of the country, its soil, climate & resources
Creator: Parrott, Marcus J. (Marcus Junius), 1828-1879
Date: March 1856
This pamphlet provides people emigrating to Kansas with practical and reliable information about soil, timber, stone, coal, water, roads, postal facilities, climate, surveys, inhabitants, towns and town sites, routes, and politics.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject lakes and rivers

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject lakes and rivers
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. Lakes and rivers are the subject of this part of the collection, arranged by county.


Kansas as she is

Kansas as she is
Creator: The Kansas Publishing Company
Date: 1870
This is an emigrants' and settlers' guide containing information on living in the state of Kansas. The guide reports on various topics such as the state's climate, its cities and towns, railroads, and the character of its people.


Kansas illustrated.   An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west

Kansas illustrated. An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west
Creator: Bodine, L.T.
Date: 1879
This Kansas Pacific Railroad promotional pamphlet highlights the important natural and economic resources of Kansas. It includes lists of crop production by county, inducements for emigrants, and county descriptions.


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