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Council Grove fairgrounds

Council Grove fairgrounds
Creator: Anderson, Walt
Date: October 22, 1898
This glass-plate negative shows a barn and water pump in a wooded area of the Council Grove fairgrounds.


Digging a well, Logan County, Kansas

Digging a well, Logan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1915
This photograph shows a group of men possibly digging a water well in Logan County, Kansas.


Drilling a water well on the Frank Cersovsky farm, Thomas County, Kansas

Drilling a water well on the Frank Cersovsky farm, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1928
Claire Gray drilling a water well on the Frank Cersovsky farm in Thomas County, Kansas.


Drilling a water well on the Funston property

Drilling a water well on the Funston property
Date: 1957
Photographs showing a water well being drilled on the Funston property in Allen County, Kansas.


Drilling wells, Lane County, Kansas

Drilling wells, Lane County, Kansas
Date: 1918
A group of well drillers stand by their drilling rig, Lane County, Kansas.


Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler

Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler
Creator: Stadler, John
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with John Stadler, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. He devotes much of the interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. Stadler worked for the local gas company, and he also supervised the drilling of 443 wells near Hugoton. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


Fort Larned well house.

Fort Larned well house.
Date: Between 1860 and 1878
View of the Fort Larned well house.


G. L. Thomas residence, Beaver County, Oklahomah

G. L. Thomas residence, Beaver County, Oklahomah
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows the G. L. Thomas residence in Beaver County, Oklahoma, including a house, a well, and one outbuilding. A note on the photo indicates the property was located "on the Beaver at the mouth of the Teepee," possibly referring to the Beaver and Teepee creeks.


Government power line and wells in Finney County, Kansas

Government power line and wells in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing government power lines, wells, and cement conduit in Finney County, Kansas.


Government power line and wells in Finney County, Kansas

Government power line and wells in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing government power lines, wells, and cement conduit on the north side of the river used to carry water from underground flow to the farmers' ditch in Finney County, Kansas.


Hauling water, Overbrook, Kansas

Hauling water, Overbrook, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This black and white photograph shows horse-drawn wagons hauling tanks of water from an emergency well during drought conditions, near Overbrook, Kansas.


House Bill 602, Committee on Irrigation, Kansas Legislature

House Bill 602, Committee on Irrigation, Kansas Legislature
Creator: Kansas. Legislature
Date: 1891
An act providing for and regulating the diversion appropriation, storage and distribution of waters in Kansas for industrial purposes within prescribed limits and the construction, maintenance, and operation of creating and providing for water districts.


Howard Bucknell to Governor Alfred Landon

Howard Bucknell to Governor Alfred Landon
Creator: Bucknell, Howard
Date: June 2, 1934
In this letter Howard Bucknell, president of the Jewell County Farm Bureau, updates Governor Landon on the drought situation in his county. There was an acute water shortage, forcing Jewell county farmers to request aid from the relief funds being distributed by the state.


J.W. Lough farm, Scott County, Kansas

J.W. Lough farm, Scott County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
These six black and white postcards show the irrigation operations of J. W. Lough in Scott County, Kansas.


Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill
Creator: White, Katherine Field
Date: April, 1920
An illustration showing how people may contract typhoid from well water, copied from the April, 1920, issue of the "Kansas State Board of Health Bulletin."


John Jacob Miller home and underground water line, Santa Fe, Kansas

John Jacob Miller home and underground water line, Santa Fe, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of John Jacob Miller's farmhouse and farm buildings in Santa Fe, Haskell County, Kansas. Also visible are a woman, three men, a black dog, and an underground water line fed from a large reservoir.


Map showing locations of lakes and ponds in Kansas

Map showing locations of lakes and ponds in Kansas
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. Division of Water Resources
Date: 1936
This map of Kansas, created by geologist Ogden Jones for the State Board of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources, depicts the lakes and farm ponds in each county. At the bottom are notations about the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, which had allocated funds that built 95% of the farm ponds in existence. The map was included in a drought report to Governor Alf Landon, dated August 28, 1936.


Summary forward, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee

Summary forward, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee
Creator: Great Plains Committee
Date: December 1936
This report was created by the Great Plains Committee, which had been called by the President to investigate the effects of drought and wind erosion in the southwestern United States. For the purposes of the committee, the Great Plains was defined as the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The forward to the report, included here, states the purpose of the report and the steps that must be taken to solve this problem, both on the federal level and the state level. These steps include the development of water resources, government purchase of range lands, control of erosion, community organization, and legislation regarding tenancy, leasing, and delinquency.


The first Artesian Valley deep well

The first Artesian Valley deep well
Creator: Grey, Pauline Winkler
Date: January 24, 1937
This is a brief history of the first Artesian Valley deep well located in Meade County. The first well test was done on the Warren Marrs farm and was labeled as "a project of the Federal Housing Administration to prove the prospective advantages of deep well irrigation in the Artesian Valley."


The water conservation program

The water conservation program
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: July 19, 1934
The Water Conservation Program was designed to foster the construction of wells, farm ponds, lakes and "other devices" that could conserve water in Kansas. This pamphlet, published by the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, outlines the procedures for requesting water conservation work and the details of undertaking such projects (such as how to borrow the necessary equipment, etc.). All the labor involved in these projects would be provided by laborers on the work relief rolls.


Well by way side near Lecompton Kansas. 338 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Well by way side near Lecompton Kansas. 338 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a stereograph showing men at a well near Lecompton, Douglas County, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


"Where Once the Dust Blew Now Great Gardens Grow," Kansas City Star

"Where Once the Dust Blew Now Great Gardens Grow," Kansas City Star
Creator: Evans, Don
Date: September 15, 1946
This newspaper article discusses how irrigation helped reverse the effects of the severe drought and Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The author tells the story of A. J. "Bunny" Worm, a farmer from Ulysses, Kansas, who has planted bumper crops of onions, cantaloupes, and honeydew melons on irrigated land. Because of his great success, other fruit and vegetable farms have cropped up in Grant, Stevens, and Stanton counties. The article includes images of Worm's irrigation system and his crops.


William H. Phinney to Samuel J. Crumbine

William H. Phinney to Samuel J. Crumbine
Date: October 27, 1915-January 06, 1916
This correspondence is between William H. Phinney, a hardware store owner from Olivet, Kansas, and Samuel J. Crumbine, secretary of the Kansas State Board of Health, regarding a cesspool that threatened the community's water supply. In response, Dr. Crumbine warns against the danger of contamination but states that local ordinances govern the construction and use of cesspools.


World's largest hand dug well, Greensburg, Kansas

World's largest hand dug well, Greensburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1965
This is a photograph of the sign and structure at the World's Largest Hand Dug Well, Greensburg, Kansas.


World's largest hand dug well, Greensburg, Kansas

World's largest hand dug well, Greensburg, Kansas
Creator: High Plains Journal
Date: Between 1950 and 1954
This postcard shows a sign at The Worlds Largest Hand Dug Well, Greensburg, Kansas.


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