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Courthouse in Ravanna, Kansas

Courthouse in Ravanna, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Max
Date: Between 1899 and 1900
These two photographs show the Garfield County courthouse in Ravanna, Kansas. The courthouse was located approximately forty miles northeast of Garden City in Finney County. The two-story structure, built for the state's 106th county, was never utilized for governmental activities after the Kansas Supreme dissolved Garfield County on March 7, 1893. A fire in 1900 destroyed the building.


Eighth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1891-1892

Eighth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1891-1892
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1893
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture contains two parts and the page numbering starts over at the beginning of Part II. The volume contains a section on each county, providing summary information about the history of the county, a description of the landscape, crops, livestock, schools, and churches. A large number of tables with statistics about Kansas residents and crop yields, broken down by county, are also included. Other chapters are devoted to interesting subjects such as apiculture, artificial forests, loco weeds, and chinch bugs.


Garfield County organization records

Garfield County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1887
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is the proclamation by the governor appointing county officers and designating Ravanna as the temporary county seat.


Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1891
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office, headed by John N. Roberts. Most of the correspondence relates to discharge requests, letters from pension attorneys, and requests for certificates of service. Includes a signed petition supporting the reorganization of a militia company under Captain George W. Sprague in Atchison, and a letter from Sheriff George Hewes of Garfield County (now Finney and Gray) regarding the "imminent danger of riot" and requesting the Adjutant General's presence.


Official State Atlas of Kansas

Official State Atlas of Kansas
Creator: Everts, L.H. & Co., Philadelphia, PA
Date: 1887
Town maps taken from the Official Atlas of Kansas, published in 1887. These individual maps were cut out of the atlas and each was labeled "Everts, 1886". Not every town found in the original atlas is represented here. Towns are arranged alphabetically.


Reports of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture

Reports of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: Bulk 1872-1984
These reports by the State Board of Agriculture include the proceedings of the board, reports for the previous year, maps of counties, abstracts of counties, miscellaneous articles, and reports of agricultural societies, the state fair, state and county statistics, agricultural industries and products, the agricultural college, and the Kansas Academy of Science. The annual reports began in 1872 and were succeeded by biennial reports beginning in 1877-78. Volume numbers were discontinued with the 1953-1956 report; the last being volume 44. From 1953 to 1976 the reports drop "biennial" from the title. Annual reports begin again from 1976 to 1984, except 1982-1983 which is biennial. The dates for each report reflects the reporting year and not the publication date, which was usually a year later. The title of each report reflects the form given on the title page. Only volumes 1 (1872), 2 (1873), 3 (1874), 4 (1875), the centennial edition (1875), 5 (1876), 6 (1877-1878), 7 (1879-1880), 10 (1885-1886), 11 (1887-1888), 13 (1891-1892), and 14 (1893-1894) are currently available.


Ruins from Ravanna in Finney County, 14FY302

Ruins from Ravanna in Finney County, 14FY302
Date: 1999
Shown here are a single view of the school ruins and two views of the courthouse ruins at Ravanna in Finney County. These shots were taken in 1999 by a Kansas Historical Society Archeologist. Ravanna was founded in 1887 and was in the running to become the county seat of Garfield County. Later, Garfield County was merged into Finney County. The courthouse at Ravanna was never used for its built purpose and the town became one of Kansas' ghost towns.


Seventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1889-1890

Seventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1889-1890
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1891
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture contains two parts and the page numbering starts over at the beginning of Part II. The volume contains a section on each county, providing summary information about the history of the county, a description of the landscape, crops, livestock, schools, and churches. A large number of tables with statistics about Kansas residents and crop yields, broken down by county, are also included. Other chapters are devoted to interesting subjects such as apiculture, artificial forests, loco weeds, and chinch bugs. Proceedings and other activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are in Part II.


The centennial edition of the fourth annual report of the State Board of Agriculture, 1875

The centennial edition of the fourth annual report of the State Board of Agriculture, 1875
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1876
This annual report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on livestock and other agricultural topics. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, live stock, industry,and assessed valuation of property. State statistics, crop and livestock statistics are also included.


Town site, Ravanna, Kansas

Town site, Ravanna, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
This photograph shows the remaining buildings in Ravanna, Finney County, Kansas. It had a postmaster from 1886 through 1899.


Transactions of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1887-88

Transactions of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1887-88
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1889
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on livestock and other agricultural topics. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, live stock, assessed valuation of property, and a listing of churches for each county. State statistics, crop and livestock statistics are also included.


Transactions of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1893-94

Transactions of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1893-94
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1895
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on livestock and other agricultural topics. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, live stock, assessed valuation of property, and a listing of churches for each county. State statistics, crop and livestock statistics are also included.


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