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Container Cap from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305

Container Cap from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305
Date: 1850-1854
This metal container cap was recovered from Fort Atkinson in Ford County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2015. The cap is decorated with a stamped five-pointed star with a recessed center. Fort Atkinson, occupied for only four years, was located along the Santa Fe Trail.


Foothold Trap from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305

Foothold Trap from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305
Date: 1850-1854
This steel trap was recovered from Fort Atkinson in Ford County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2015. Trap such as this one are designed to catch an animal's leg when the release bar was stepped upon. Fort Atkinson, occupied for only four years, was located along the Santa Fe Trail.


Ft. Atkinson

Ft. Atkinson
Date: Unknown
Ft. Atkinson-Sites


Harness Buckles from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305

Harness Buckles from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305
Date: 1850-1854
These harness buckles were recovered from Fort Atkinson in Ford County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2015. Buckles like these were attached to harness straps, collars, and other pieces of animal-drawn equipment. Fort Atkinson, occupied for only four years, was located along the Santa Fe Trail.


Horse, Mule, and Oxen Shoes from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305

Horse, Mule, and Oxen Shoes from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305
Date: 1850-1854
Several different styles of shoes were recovered from Fort Atkinson in Ford County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2015. Shown here are two smaller mule shoes ("U"-shaped), a veterinary shoe (nearly a complete circle), two horse shoes (for different sized horses), and an ox shoe. Fort Atkinson, occupied for only four years, was located along the Santa Fe Trail.


Kansas : early routes, old trails, historic sites, landmarks, etc.

Kansas : early routes, old trails, historic sites, landmarks, etc.
Creator: Root, George A. (George Allen), 1867-1949
Date: 1939 December
This map, created by George Allen Root and later reproduced by the Kansas Turnpike Authority, depicts trails, landmarks, and historic sites in the state of Kansas. The original map was compiled by George Allen Root and delineated by W. M. Hutchinson from information obtained from the Kansas State Historical Society.


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.


Nail from Fort Scott, 14BO302

Nail from Fort Scott, 14BO302
Date: 1842-1853
This nail was recovered from the Fort Scott National Historic Site during excavations conducted there between 1968 through 1972 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists. Nails are sized by pennyweight, thought to refer to how many nails would cost a penny and is abbreviated "d." This square cut nail measures to 50d. When Fort Scott was built it was on the western military frontier, but is now located within the city limits of Fort Scott.


Pocket Pistol from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305

Pocket Pistol from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305
Date: 1850-1854
This pocket pistol barrel and cylinder was recovered from Fort Atkinson in Ford County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2015. The diameter of the 5 shot pistol's barrel and cylinder is approximately .275" but too corroded to definitively state what was the pistol's caliber model. Fort Atkinson, occupied for only four years, was located along the Santa Fe Trail.


Soldiers' home, Fort Dodge

Soldiers' home, Fort Dodge
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1889-1893 : Humphrey)
Date: 1889-1892
A letter from V. H. Grimstead encloses a newspaper clip that discusses Acts passed by legislature making provisions for two soldiers' homes, one at Fort Dodge and the other at Fort Hays, on the grounds owned by the government. In response to the newspaper clip Grimstead, suggests Kansas Governor Humphrey will likely have to appoint a Board of Managers for the Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge and recommends W. T. O'Connor for the position. A letter from President J. L. Finley and Secretary J. F. Cobb of the Office at the State Soldiers' Home Association of Kansas notifies the Governor of resolutions passed. The following letters pertain to appoints as members of the Board of Managers.


Territory of Kansas and Indian Territory

Territory of Kansas and Indian Territory
Creator: Johnston, Alexander Keith, 1804-1871
Date: 1857
This map, drawn by Henry Rogers and Alexander Keith Johnston in 1857, details Kansas Territory and Indian Territory. Kansas Territory included portions of what would become eastern Colorado. Indian Territory later became Oklahoma. The map traces the route of the Santa Fe Trail, proposed routes for the Pacific Railway, and identifies military forts. The maps also provides information on geographical features.


The United States of America

The United States of America
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1855
A detailed map of the United States of America identifying railroads, rivers, mountains, bodies of water, cities, states, and territories. Kansas is shown in its large territorial size which included much of Colorado. Population statistics on the back of the map include nativities of the free colored population in each state and the ages of the slave population in several states. 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.


Tools from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305

Tools from Fort Atkinson, 14FD305
Date: 1850-1854
These tools were recovered from Fort Atkinson in Ford County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2015. Shown is a solid punch, used a hammer to drive objects or form an impression, a wedge-shaped riveting hammer head, and a wagon wrench. Fort Atkinson, occupied for only four years, was located along the Santa Fe Trail.


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