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Billy Weldon and George Theis, Jr., getting ready for a wolf chase

Billy Weldon and George Theis, Jr., getting ready for a wolf chase
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1903
Billy Weldon and Geroge Theis, Jr., getting ready for a wolf chase


Deserted Kansas Town

Deserted Kansas Town
Creator: Tavernier, Jules
Date: 1873
Grisaille watercolor sketch of a deserted town street with ramshackle buildings. The sketch is titled "Deserted Kansas Town" and was executed by Jules Tavernier. Tavernier was born in Paris in 1844 and trained as an artist in France. He served as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War, and his drawings of war-torn Paris were flown by hot air balloon to London for publication. After the war he worked as an illustrator in London and then in New York for Harper's Weekly. In 1872, Harper's sent him on a trip across the United States on an assignment to document the American West. He arrived in San Francisco in 1874. This sketch is most likely a scene that Tavernier saw while in Kansas on that trip. Tavernier went on to be a well-known artist in California before moving to Hawaii, where he was part of a group of artists known as the Volcano School. He died in Honolulu in 1889.


Nebraska and Kansas

Nebraska and Kansas
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1854
This map of the Nebraska and Kansas territories by J. H. Colton shows forts, villages, missions, Indian lands, and various routes including the northern, central and southern routes of the Pacific Railroad; the Oregon route; the Santa Fe route; Cook's wagon route; Conde & Bartlet's route; and the route to Fort Smith. The map also includes an inset of parts of North, Central and South America; and the territory acquired from Mexico through the Gadsen Purchase. Woodcut illustrations include Indians, wolves, bear, deer, beaver, buffalo hunting, and settlers with wagon. The Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) provided that each territory would decide whether or not to allow slavery through the constitution under which it would enter the union. In Kansas, this approach to managing the expansion of slavery (know as "popular sovereignty") precipitated a battle between proslavery and antislavery forces known as "Bleeding Kansas." 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.


Wolf and rabbit hunt near Salina, Kansas

Wolf and rabbit hunt near Salina, Kansas
Date: January 13, 1908
A photograph showing the results of a big wolf hunt near Salina, Kansas. There were about 800 men in the hunt but only two wolves and numerous rabbits were killed.


Wolf hunt, Norton County, Kansas

Wolf hunt, Norton County, Kansas
Date: February 18, 1927
This postcard shows a group of hunters with their results from a wolf hunt in Norton County, Kansas.


Wolf or dog, New Mexico

Wolf or dog, New Mexico
Date: Between 1905-1908
A view of either a dog or wolf on a heavy chain, possibly in an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad track construction area in New Mexico.


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