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Aldace Freeman Walker

Aldace Freeman Walker
Date: 1895
A portrait of Aldace Freeman Walker (1842-1901), the thirteenth president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway from 1894-1895 and chairman of the board.


Atchison, Kansas

Atchison, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
This black and white photograph shows a view of the rail yard beneath the lower Sixth street viaduct on the east side of Atchison, Kansas. Also visible are freight cars (including Missouri Pacific, Texas & Pacific, Kansas City, Fort Scott, & Memphis railway cars), and the business, church, and residence buildings of eastern Atchison.


Bourbon County Courthouse

Bourbon County Courthouse
Date: Between 1892 and 1900
A photograph of the Bourbon County Courthouse located on the west side of National Avenue between Second and Third streets, Fort Scott, Kansas. The building burned to the ground on Jan 12, 1929.


Camp at Fort Harker in Ellsworth County, Kansas

Camp at Fort Harker in Ellsworth County, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This photograph shows a camp at Fort Harker in Ellsworth County, Kansas. The fort was located in present day Kanopolis, Kansas. The image is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Castle rock in Gove County, Kansas

Castle rock in Gove County, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This photograph shows Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas. It is part of Alexander Gardner's photographic series Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway.


Central School, Fort Scott, Kansas

Central School, Fort Scott, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
Central School was built between 1871 and 1873 and located on National Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The building was considered the first modern grade school in Fort Scott.


Construction train west of Hays, Kansas

Construction train west of Hays, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a photograph of a Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division construction train located west of Hays, Kansas.


Ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Kansas

Ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This photograph shows a ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Kansas. It is part of Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott, Kansas

Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
This is a view of Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott, Kansas, with trolley tracks visible in the foreground.


Fort Scott, Kansas

Fort Scott, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
View of the Fort Scott, Kansas, business district. Horse-drawn wagons and a trolley are visible in the photograph.


Fort Scott army post, officers quarters

Fort Scott army post, officers quarters
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
The Fort Scott officers quarters were constructed between 1842 to 1848. Army officers and their families who were posted at Fort Scott lived in the quarters.


Ft. Hays, 1867

Ft. Hays, 1867
Date: 1867
This is a view of Ft. Hays in 1867; The buildings at Ft. Hays include the company post, barracks on the left, and officer's quarters on the right.


George B. Gill

George B. Gill
Date: Between 1855 and 1859
Portrait of George B. Gill, Secretary of Treasury in John Brown's provisional government.


Goodlander Hotel, Fort Scott, Kansas

Goodlander Hotel, Fort Scott, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
C.W. Goodlander designed and constructed the Goodlander Hotel in 1887. The hotel featured 100 rooms with gas and electric lights and hot and cold water throughout the building.


Hard Rope, Osage Indian Chief

Hard Rope, Osage Indian Chief
Creator: Concannon, Thomas M.
Date: 1877
This is a portrait of Hard Rope, or Wa-He-Sa-Ki, a prominent Osage tribal leader.


Henry Worrall

Henry Worrall
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
Henry Worrall, an artist who contributed several illustrations to Harper's Weekly and to Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. He is best known for his work "Droughty Kansas" which depicts drought conditions in a whimsical manner in the state. In addition to his artistic talent, he became well known for playing more than twenty different musicial instruments and inventing several wind instruments made of wood and straw.


Indian hieroglyphic rock on the Smoky Hill River, Kansas

Indian hieroglyphic rock on the Smoky Hill River, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a photograph of Indian Hieroglyphic Rock on Smoky Hill River located fifteen miles northeast of Fort Harker in Ellsworth County, Kansas. Fort Harker was located in present day Kanopolis, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


John Brown

John Brown
Date: July 24, 1857
This is an albumen photograph mounted on cardboard showing John Brown. Written on the back of the photograph is "photograph of John Brown taken for me in Albany, New York about the year 1857" and signed by William Barnes, Albany, New York. Barnes was secretary of the New York State Kansas Committee in 1856-1857. Brown was an abolitionist and one of the free-state leaders. He came to Kansas Territory in 1855 and left in 1859 but in that time, he was involved in several skirmishes with proslavery factions. Brown's acts of violence against proslavery people made him a legendary figure by the time he left Kansas Territory. He was hung on December 2, 1859 after a failed attempt to attack the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.


John Brown

John Brown
Creator: Platt, K. C.
Date: 1870s
According to John Brown, Jr., this bust portrait of his father was made, June 18, 1859, while on his way to Harpers Ferry. However, this portrait appears to be a copy made by K. C. Platt in the 1870s. Brown was an abolitionist and Free State advocate who used violence to end slavery. He was involved in the May 24, 1856, Pottawatomie Massacre, the Battle of Black Jack on June 2, 1856, and the Battle of Osawatomie on August 30, 1856. In October 1859, Brown and his followers attacked the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. His plan failed and he was executed for his actions.


Kansas Pacifc Railroad caboose #1013, Junction City, Kansas

Kansas Pacifc Railroad caboose #1013, Junction City, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
A photograph showing people posed on a Kansas Pacific Railroad caboose #1013 at Junction City, Kansas. The people, who are possibly employees, are identified as J. A. Smith, J. N. Irwin, T. H. Forpuy, J. Loomis, H. W. Baker, J. R. Baker, J. Sweeney, J. E. Marrow, J. C. Henry and J. J. Burns.


Lane University in Lecompton, Kansas

Lane University in Lecompton, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a photograph of Lane University located in Lecompton, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Laura M. Johns

Laura M. Johns
Creator: Hopkins
Date: Between 1900 and 1912
Photograph portrait of Laura M. Johns. Johns was a leader in the women's suffrage movement in Kansas and a past president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association.


Main business street, Almena, Kansas

Main business street, Almena, Kansas
Date: Between 1889 and 1890
This photograph shows people and horse drawn wagons on the main business street in Almena, Kansas.


Missouri -Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, Parsons, Kansas

Missouri -Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, Parsons, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1912
This black and white photograph shows the Missouri- Kansas-Texas Railroad depot at Parsons, Kansas. The depot had a large dining room, restaurant, and self-winding clock in the tower. The depot burned to the ground in March of 1912.


Missouri- Kansas- Texas Railroad shops, Parsons, Kansas

Missouri- Kansas- Texas Railroad shops, Parsons, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad shops at Parsons, Kansas.


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