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About Nicodemus, The Daily Journal

About Nicodemus, The Daily Journal
Creator: Lawrence Daily Journal
Date: April 30, 1879
This article from the Lawrence Daily Journal discusses a newspaper article from the Chicago Tribune written during the Exoduster Movement in 1879 providing a brief history of the black community of freed people at Nicodemus, Kansas settled in 1877. Nicodemus is now a historic site administered by the National Parks Service.


Abraham Pratt dugout, south bank of Solomon River near Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas

Abraham Pratt dugout, south bank of Solomon River near Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: 1889
A view of Abraham Pratt's dugout along the south bank of the Solomon River south east of the depot in Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas. Pratt, his sons and several other men lived here when they first came to Sheridan County from Yorkshire, England prior to 1885.


Abraham Pratt house, Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas

Abraham Pratt house, Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1885 and 1895
Abraham Pratt home, near the Solomon River in Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas. Footbridge in the foreground. Cottonwood Ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


A dam at Minneapolis, Kansas

A dam at Minneapolis, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
A postcard showing a dam on the Solomon River at Minneapolis, Kansas.


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.


Bridge at Minneapolis, Kansas

Bridge at Minneapolis, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
A postcard showing a bridge over the Solomon River at Minneapolis, Kansas.


Cattle drive in Sheridan County, Kansas

Cattle drive in Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1885 and 1905
This is a photograph of Texas longhorn cattle being driven across the south Solomon River in Sheridan County.


Flood in Stockton, Kansas

Flood in Stockton, Kansas
Creator: Epson, C. H.
Date: June 03, 1915
This is a postcard showing flood waters from the Solomon River in Stockton, Kansas.


Handbook of Osborne County, Kansas

Handbook of Osborne County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This handbook was published by the Junction Steam Print Press in Kansas City, Missouri, for immigrants possibly traveling to Kansas. It encouraged agricultural settlement in the Solomon River Valley. The text tells of the community's schools and churches, the abundant natural resources, and shows lithographs of local ranches and businesses. There is also a statistical chart for every township in Osborne County, listing information on crops, livestock, and items related to the household.


Iron bridge, Osborne, Kansas

Iron bridge, Osborne, Kansas
Date: between 1890 and 1899
This photograph shows an iron bridge over the Solomon River south of Osborne, Kansas.


Jackman roller mills at Minneapolis, Kansas

Jackman roller mills at Minneapolis, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
A postcard showing Jackman Roller Mills, Solomon River, and dam at Minneapolis, Kansas.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1870

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1870
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1870
This correspondence of the Kansas Adjutant General includes letters received on a variety of topics including supplies, ammunition, Indian relations, depositions, orders, commissions, enrollments and others. Letters on Indian relations refer mostly to conflicts between white settlers and a group of Indians near the forks of the Solomon River. Price Raid claims are also addressed. Letters were often addressed to Governor James Harvey or to Adjutant General David Whittaker.


Line etchings.  A trip from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains via the Kansas Pacific Railway

Line etchings. A trip from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains via the Kansas Pacific Railway
Creator: Spec
Date: 1875
This Kansas Pacific Railroad promotional advertisement highlights all the geographic attractions and resorts located on its rail line leading through Kansas to the Rocky Mountains.


Map of Kansas, with parts of neighboring states and territories

Map of Kansas, with parts of neighboring states and territories
Creator: Hunnius, Ado, 1842-1923
Date: 1870
This map was drawn by Ado Hunnius at the request of Major General J. M. Schofield. It was compiled under the direction of 1st Lieutenant Henry Jackson of the 7th U.S. Cavalry in March 1870. It includes the location of forts in Kansas, southern Nebraska, eastern Colorado, and northern portions of Indian Territory (Oklahoma), as well as noting natural features (rivers, hills, etc.), trails, and Indian reservations.


Map of routes to the gold region of Western Kansas

Map of routes to the gold region of Western Kansas
Creator: Berthoud, Edward L.
Date: 1858
A map depicting the northern, central, and southern routes to the gold region of western Kansas compiled from the reports, surveys and exporations of Howard Stansbury, John C. Fremont, William H. Emory, and Edward L. Bryan.


Nebraska Territory and Kansas Territory

Nebraska Territory and Kansas Territory
Creator: United States. Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska
Date: Between 1830-1860
Survey map of eastern portions of the Kansas and Nebraska territories including the surveyor's correction lines. 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. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


Philip H. Sheridan to Samuel J. Crawford

Philip H. Sheridan to Samuel J. Crawford
Creator: Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888
Date: September 26, 1868
This confidential letter was written by General Philip Henry Sheridan, a Civil War veteran who led a series of campaigns against Native Americans on the western frontier. In this letter he informs Kansas governor Samuel Crawford of the locations and positions of military units on the frontier. Sheridan also expresses his desire to destroy the Indians' villages and horses and bring these tribes into submission. Sheridan was well-known for his ruthless pursuit of Native Americans and lack of concern for the welfare of non-combatants.


Pottery Sherds from Osborne County

Pottery Sherds from Osborne County
Date: Unknown
These three ceramic body sherds represent some of the earliest donated material in the collections of the Kansas Historic Society. They were donated by a D. C. Tillotson in 1880. The donation records identified them as "ancient pottery" that had been found east of Osbourne City near the Solomon River at a depth of three feet. The pottery all show a cord marked surface treatment and may represent three vessels or three parts of one vessel.


Route of Coronado between the Rio Grande and Missouri rivers

Route of Coronado between the Rio Grande and Missouri rivers
Creator: Root, George A. (George Allen), 1867-1949
Date: 1912
This map shows the route of Coronado between the Rio Grande and Missouri rivers.


Russell family group, Sheridan County, Kansas

Russell family group, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: 1890
This is a photograph of Mrs. Russell with her daughters and an elder son by a previous marriage to a Mr. Hedge. It was taken on the Solomon River (south fork) near the Studley depot, Sheridan County.


Sheridan County, Kansas group on the Solomon River

Sheridan County, Kansas group on the Solomon River
Date: 1890
Group photo of English settlers in Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas, taken along the Solomon River. Back row, left to right: Frank Brandrum, Gertrude Pratt, Jim Foster, Noel Pritt. Front row, left to right: Charlie Foster, Abraham Pratt, Mrs. George Pratt, James Kirk, Tom Pratt.


Solomon River, Sheridan County, Kansas

Solomon River, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1925
These photographs show different views of the Solomon River, Sheridan County, Kansas. One has a child standing by a fence post with the river in the background.


Solomon River, Sheridan County, Kansas

Solomon River, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
These photographs are of the Solomon River, Sheridan County.


Solomon River in Sheridan County, Kansas

Solomon River in Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1925
These photographs show the Solomon River in Sheridan County. One of the photos has the Studley Depot in the background.


Solomon River scenes in Sheridan County, Kansas

Solomon River scenes in Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1899
These photographs are of the Solomon River east of Studley, Sheridan County, Kansas. The first photo includes Charles Foster and is possibly from 1889. The second view is also possibly 1889. The third shot is the Solomon River one mile east of Studley, 1889. The fourth photo shows the Solomon River and in the background a train on the track at Studley Depot, 1895. The fifth view is of the South Fork Solomon River with the John Fenton Pratt home in the distance, 1894. The sixth is a winter scene on Solomon River with Carrol Depot, now Studley, in the background.


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