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A field flooded after a rain, Greeley County, Kansas

A field flooded after a rain, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1976
A playa, or temporary lake, flooded after a rain, September 29, 1976. This photograph shows the southwest quarter of Section 16, T19S, R40W, Greeley County, Kansas, looking toward the northeast.


Boating

Boating
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This is a view of two men boating on Tom Pratt's farm in Sheridan County, Kansas.


Boating scene

Boating scene
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
A photograph of two people in a sailboat on Tom Pratt's farm in Sheridan County, Kansas.


Boy fishing at Gage Park, Topeka, Kansas

Boy fishing at Gage Park, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Industrial Development Commission
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
These two black and white photographs show a young boy fishing at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


Boy on horse, Gray County, Kansas

Boy on horse, Gray County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1930
A photograph of a boy with a rifle sitting on a horse in Gray County, Kansas. The boy has been identified as Joseph Fulton Emery on the Emery property in Cimarron, Kansas.


C. D. Perry's cattle near Englewood, Kansas

C. D. Perry's cattle near Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
View of cattle belonging to Clarence D. Perry near Englewood, Kansas. The herd is standing in or near a large pond.


C. D. Perry's thoroughbred Herefords near Englewood, Kansas

C. D. Perry's thoroughbred Herefords near Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1896
View of Hereford cattle belonging to Clarence D. Perry of Englewood, Kansas.


C. E. Doyle and cowboys on the Doyle ranch near Englewood, Kansas

C. E. Doyle and cowboys on the Doyle ranch near Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1897
View of C. E. Doyle and cowboys on horseback at the Doyle ranch near Englewood, Kansas, in 1897. Visible in the background are a herd of horses, a pond, a windmill, and ranch buildings.


C. M. Niquette's pond in Finney County, Kansas

C. M. Niquette's pond in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1907
A photograph showing people at Charles M. Niquette's pond, a private irrigation reservoir with water pumped by windmills from underflow in Finney County, Kansas.


Cattle herd at St. Jacobs Well, Clark County, Kansas

Cattle herd at St. Jacobs Well, Clark County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1897
Cowboys standing on a ledge above St. Jacobs Well in Clark County, Kansas. Henry Mull's herd of cattle and horses is visible in the background.


Cattle standing in a farm pond, Haskell County, Kansas

Cattle standing in a farm pond, Haskell County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of cattle standing in an unidentified farm pond in Haskell County, Kansas. A windmill and several buildings are visible in the background.


Cowboys

Cowboys
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
This photo shows a group of cowboys on horses and a small herd of horses by a ranch pond, possibly in Seward County, Kansas.


Dust Bowl soil is now same as Chinese desert

Dust Bowl soil is now same as Chinese desert
Creator: Hubbard, J. R.
Date: August 9, 1936
This article in the Topeka Capital discusses some of the causes of soil erosion and diminished soil moisture, as well as ways to counteract these forces. Both WPA engineers and scientists at the Hays Engineering Station have been measuring soil moisture and developing techniques to counteract the negative effects of the farming trends in use since World War I.


Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands

Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: April 1871
A railroad company advertisement to emigrants promising cheap, abundant and good land for agricultural purposes.


Fishing in a farm pond

Fishing in a farm pond
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of an unidentified couple fishing in a farm pond in Haskell County, Kansas. Parts of two windmills, a farmhouse, barn, and farm buildings are also visible.


Guide map of the great Texas cattle trail from Red River crossing to the old reliable Kansas Pacific Railway

Guide map of the great Texas cattle trail from Red River crossing to the old reliable Kansas Pacific Railway
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1874
This railroad guide book was produced by the Kansas Pacific Railway to aid cattle ranchers in getting their herds to market.


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.


Irrigation plant on the Richter farm, Finney County, Kansas

Irrigation plant on the Richter farm, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
A photograph showing an irrigation plant on the Richter farm in Finney County, Kansas. Two windmills are also visible.


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.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie

Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie
Creator: Kansas. Emergency Relief Commission
Date: 1936
This motion picture film documents the various work projects completed in Kansas during President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. It begins with an introduction to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee personnel, starting with the executive director, John G. Stutz. It then shows the various projects across the state, including the construction of farm ponds and lakes as part of the Water Conservation Program, the renovation and construction of courthouses, schools, libraries, and other public buildings, and the weaving and sewing rooms that produced clothing for needy Kansans. It also includes footage of rabbit drives, dust storms, and women sweeping piles of dust out of their homes. Click on the thumbnails below to play each clip. Click on Text Version for a detailed description of each chapter.


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.


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.


Murphy Building, Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas

Murphy Building, Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1970
The Research Division was housed in the Murphy Building on the Menninger Foundation hilltop facilities. It had been staff housing apartments for the Security Benefit Association. The SBA members paid a nickel a month for hospital care, an orphanage for their children if the member died, and an old folks home all centered around a model farm in Topeka, Kansas. The Menninger Foundation purchased this area in the 1950s and developed the 'West Campus' in 1982. This was a residential scale community of 28 structures on a 350-acre hilltop campus. In 2003, the Menninger Foundation was moved to Houston, Texas.


Old Dutch Mill, Wamego, Kansas

Old Dutch Mill, Wamego, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1938
A photograph showing people swimming in the City Park pond, Wamego, Kansas. In the background, is the Old Dutch Mill under construction. The mill was built in 1879, on the Schonhoff farm, which was located 12 miles north of Wamego. As part of a community project to preserve the landmark, the mill was moved stone by stone and reconstructed in the Wamego City Park.


Old Dutch Mill, Wamego, Kansas

Old Dutch Mill, Wamego, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
A postcard view of Wamego City Park showing the Old Dutch Mill and pond. The mill was built in 1879, on the Schonhoff farm, which was located 12 miles north of Wamego. As part of a community project to preserve the landmark, the mill was moved stone by stone and reconstructed in the Wamego City Park.


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