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Bridge over the Wakarusa River, Shawnee County, Kansas

Bridge over the Wakarusa River, Shawnee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1914 and 1966
This photograph shows a reinforced concrete arch bridge over the Wakarusa River that was built in 1914. It was on southeast Ratner Road near Berryton in Shawnee County, Kansas, and has since been demolished.


Businesses in Richland, Kansas

Businesses in Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows a group of people standing in front of businesses in Richland, Kansas. Founded in 1854, the town was located in Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Richland was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the broken pavement is the only remnant of the former town.


Businesses in Richland, Kansas

Businesses in Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This black and white photograph shows the storefronts on the north side of Board Street in Richland, Kansas. The only sign on the businesses designates the Post Office. Founded in 1854, the town was located in Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Richland was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the broken pavement is the only remnant of the former town.


Businesses in Richland, Kansas

Businesses in Richland, Kansas
Date: 1957
This black and white photograph shows the storefronts in Richland, Kansas. The businesses are identified from left to right as the following: the barbershop, the grocery and meat market and a unidentified business. Founded in 1854, the town was located in Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Richland was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the broken pavement is the only remnant of the former town.


Businesses in Richland, Kansas

Businesses in Richland, Kansas
Date: 1957
This black and white photograph shows storefronts in Richland, Kansas. The businesses are identified from left to right as the following: the barbershop, the groceries and meat market and a unidentified business. The town of Richland was founded in 1854 and was located in Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the town was abandon when the Corps of Engineers acquired land for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Broken pavement is the only remnant of Richland that remains.


Businesses in Richland, Kansas

Businesses in Richland, Kansas
Date: 1957
This black and white photograph shows the storefronts in Richland, Kansas. The businesses are identified from left to right as the following: the barbershop and the groceries and meat market. The town of Richland was founded in 1854 and was located in the Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the town was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the broken pavement is the only remnant of the former town.


Furnished the Freestate Party

Furnished the Freestate Party
Creator: Blanton, Napoleon Bonaparte
Date: May 15, 1856
Napolean B. Blanton prepared this itemized list. Blanton of Douglas County operated a toll bridge over the Wakarusa River in Douglas County south of Lawrence, Kansas Territory. The total bill is for $191.26, including provisions and tolls: "I have thrown my bridge open free for the freestate party from the 15th of May to the 20th of September. . ."


History of Kansas and emigrant's guide

History of Kansas and emigrant's guide
Creator: Chapman, J. Butler
Date: 1855
The title page of the printed volume indicated that it contained "a description geographical and topographical--also climate, soil, productions and comparative value with other states and territories, including its political history, officers-candidates-emigrant colonies-election, abolition, squatter and pro-slavery contentions and inquisitions; with the prospects of the territory for freedom or slavery." Mr. Chapman was a resident of the territory and the information in the booklet was compiled by traveling through Kansas Territory in 1854. The description covers most of the territory and includes information about Native American tribes and lands.


John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls
Creator: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Date: January 2, 1859
From Lawrence, K.T., where he went to lobby the territorial legislature on behalf of Sumner's city charter and a "Pikes Peak Express Company," John J. Ingalls wrote to tell his father about the journey that took him through Leavenworth. He made some interesting observations about the condition of the roads and the general discomfort involved in overland travel ("The coaches are constructed with special reference to safety in passing over corduroy roads, through sloughs and ravines, having no regard whatever to the comfort of the passengers."), as well as nice descriptions of both cities, Leavenworth and Lawrence.


Joseph S. Chick interview

Joseph S. Chick interview
Creator: Cone, W. W.
Date: October 19, 1908
This item contains fifteen pages of notes taken by Zu Adams during an interview with Kansas City businessman Joseph S. Chick that took place at Kansas City's Union Station in October 1908. The interview covers details of Chick's early years in Kansas, the settlers he lived near, a description of the style of Kaw houses, a brief description of Francis Chouteau, his work finding arrowheads, and other incidents from his past.


Kansas Free!! Governor Reeder For Congress!!

Kansas Free!! Governor Reeder For Congress!!
Date: September 8, 1855
This broadside was an invitation to attend a meeting to discuss and endorse the proceedings of the Big Spring Convention which was organized by free state supporters as part of the actions leading up to the drafting of the Topeka Constitution. The meeting was to be held by "the Freeman on the Wakarusa" at Blanton on September 13, 1855. The document indicated that the "FREE STATE PLATFORM and the Proceedings of the CONVENTION" would be read, and that the best "Orators of the Country" would be there.


Leigh R. Webber to Miss Brown

Leigh R. Webber to Miss Brown
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: March 8, 1862
A letter written by Leigh R. Webber from Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas, to Miss Brown, a daughter of John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence, Kansas. Webber describes the march from Kansas City, Missouri, to Fort Scott, Kansas, describing landmarks along the way and discussing the soldiers' state of exhaustion. He continues a discussion from a previous letter regarding his father's death. Webber also describes camp life and future plans to march on to Fort Smith.


L. W. Hover to State Central Committee

L. W. Hover to State Central Committee
Creator: Hover, L. H.
Date: October 24, 1856
L. W. Hover, a farmer and freestater who had settled at Wakarusa, Kansas Territory, on June 1, 1856, makes this claim against the funds being distributed by the State Central Committee. His crops, etc., were destroyed while he was serving in the militia during "the Washington Creek difficulty," and he has since fallen quite ill and is dependent on help from his neighbors.


Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, Richland, Kansas

Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This photograph shows the Missouri Pacific Railroad depot in Richland, Kansas. The town of Richland founded in 1854 and located in the Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the town was razed when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the only reminders of Richland is the broken pavement which once covered the streets.


Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, Richland, Kansas

Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1889 and 1900
This photograph shows a group of people gathered in front of the Missouri Pacific Railroad depot in Richland, Kansas. The town, founded in 1854, was located in Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the town was razed when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County.


Neese General Store, Richland, Kansas

Neese General Store, Richland, Kansas
Date: 1890s
This black and white photograph shows the Neese General Store in Richland, Kansas. The proprietor of the business, Mr. Neese, wearing a light colored sweater, is standing with a group of people in front of the store. The town of Richland was founded in 1854 and was located in the Monmouth Township in the southwest corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the town was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County.


Post Office, Richland, Kansas

Post Office, Richland, Kansas
Date: 1957
This black and white photograph shows the post office in Richland, Kansas. The two-story wooden structure closed for business on October 31, 1969, when the town, located along the Wakarusa River in the Monmouth Township in Shawnee County, became a part of the flood plain for Clinton Lake. Today, the only reminder of Richland is the broken pavement that once covered the streets.


Richland, Kansas

Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1900s and 1919s
This black and white photograph shows storefronts on the south side of Broad Street in Richland, Kansas. The town founded ,in 1854, was located in Monmouth Township along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Richland was abandoned when the Army Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the only remainders of the town is the broken pavement which once covered the streets.


Richland, Kansas

Richland, Kansas
Date: 1880s and 1890s
This black and white photograph shows a birds-eye view of Richland, Kansas. Founded in 1854, the town was located in the Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Richland was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County.


Richland, Kansas

Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s
This black and white photograph shows a street scene in Richland, Kansas. The town was founded in 1854 and located in the Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Richland was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the broken pavement is the only remnant of the former town.


Richland, Kansas

Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows a street scene in Richland, Kansas. The town was founded in 1854 and was located in the Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Richland was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County.


Richland, Kansas

Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This aerial view shows Richland, Kansas. The town was founded, 1854, in the Monmouth Township along the Wakarusa River in Shawnee County. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Richland was abandoned when the Army Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the only visible reminders of the town is broken pavement which once covered the town's streets.


Richland, Kansas

Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This black and white photograph shows various buildings and carriages on Main Street in Richland, Kansas. Founded in 1854, the town was located in the Monmouth Township in the southeast corner of Shawnee County along the Wakarusa River. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Richland was abandon when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County. Today, the only remnants of the town are broken pieces of pavement that once covered the streets.


Territorial census, 1855. District 7

Territorial census, 1855. District 7
Creator: McClure, J. R.
Date: February, 1855
This census was taken in order to determine eligible voters for elections to be held as proclaimed by Governor Andrew Reeder on November 10, 1854. The categories for information in the census were name, occupation, age, gender, emigrated from, native of United States, naturalized citizen, declarant (intention to become a citizen), Negro, slave, and voter. Only white males over twenty-one were eligible to vote. The districts used for the census were the same as the election districts. A statistical summary of the census followed the enumeration pages. For District 7, the place of election was the house of Fry McGee at One Hundred and Ten-Mile Creek, on the Santa Fe road. The boundaries of each district were described in Governor Reeder's proclamation, and it is difficult to determine what counties were in each district. The description of the Seventh District follows: "Commencing at the east side of the house of Charles Mattingly, on the Wakarusa River; thence due south to the middle of the Santa Fe road; thence westwardly along the middle of said road to Rock Creek, near the 65th mile of said road; thence due south to the north line of the Sac and Fox reservation; thence along the north and west lines thereof, and due south to the Neosho River; thence up said river to a point due south of the mouth of Elm Creek; thence due north to the mouth of Elm Creek, and up said creek to the Santa Fe road, and thence by a direct line in a northerly direction to the southwest corner of the Pottawatomie reservation; thence along the southern line of said reservation to the head-waters of the Wakarusa River, or the point nearest thereto; thence to and down the said river to the place of beginning."


United Brethren Church, Richland, Kansas

United Brethren Church, Richland, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows the United Brethren Church in Richland, Kansas. The church was built in 1888 on Board Street, and served the community for a number of years until it closed its doors on May 28, 1967. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the town of Richland, which was located in Monmouth Township, Shawnee County, was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers acquired land in the area for the flood plain of Clinton Lake in nearby Douglas County.


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