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Abraham Burnett's log cabin, Topeka, Kansas

Abraham Burnett's log cabin, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This is a photograph of Abraham Burnett's log cabin located southwest of Topeka, Kansas.


Adair Brown cabin, Osawatomie, Kansas

Adair Brown cabin, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1928 and 1965
This black and white photograph shows the Adair-Brown cabin at the John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. The structure built around 1854 by Samuel Glenn was sold, in 1855, to John Brown's brother-in-law Samuel Lyle Adair. The cabin provided a home for the Adair family but was frequently used by Brown for abolitionist activities. In 1912, the structure was moved to the highest point in the John Brown Memorial Park which is also the site of the "Battle of Osawatomie" where John Brown and thirty free-state defenders fought in 1856 against 250 pro-slavery militia. A stone pavilion was built in 1928 to protect the cabin's exterior. The state legislature appointed the Kansas Historical Society to maintain the site and in 1971 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Centennial cabin in Ottawa, Kansas

Centennial cabin in Ottawa, Kansas
Date: 1970s
Two postcard views of the centennial cabin in Ottawa, Kansas.


Charles W. Rogler cabin

Charles W. Rogler cabin
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows the Charles W. Rogler cabin. Built in 1859, the cabin was located on 160 acres of land on the South Fork of the Cottonwood River basin in the Bazaar Township of Chase County, Kansas.


Cheyenne cradleboard and log cabin

Cheyenne cradleboard and log cabin
Date: 1930-1940
This is a photograph that features two separate images. The first image is of a child in a cradleboard posed outside a log building. The second image is of a large group of children holding hands along with adults supervising in the front yard of a log cabin. The photographs are attributed to Alfred Habegger. Habegger was a Mennonite preacher in Busby, Montana on the Cheyenne Reservation. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: August 12, 1855
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania of his journey to Kansas City to obtain a land warrant for Topeka and to attend the Free State Convention. Two of his articles had been published in The Herald of Freedom, a Lawrence newspaper, and he sent copies. Mentioning political difficulties, Holliday suggested that his wife wait until fall to travel to Kansas. He rented out his cabin in Topeka for profit. A deadly cholera epidemic at Fort Riley had ended.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: December 17, 1854
Cyrus K. Holliday, the founder of Topeka, wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, mentioning difficulties but emphasizing his love for her and his desire that they be reunited soon. He compared the local landscape to the Italian countryside. Uncertain as to the time of his return, he wrote that he must stay to oversee business.


First house built in Independence, Kansas

First house built in Independence, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1895
Men posing with the first house built in Independence, Kansas. The house was built in 1869.


First house built in Lawrence, Kansas

First house built in Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Lamon, W. H.
Date: between 1855 and 1858
The first house built in Lawrence, a log cabin, belonging to Clark Stearns (also known as Charles Stearns). It was located at 620 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas.


First house in Topeka, Kansas

First house in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Leonard & Martin
Date: 1854
This is a cabinet card showing a painting by Henry Worrall of the first house (log cabin) in Topeka, Kansas Territory. In the winter of 1854-1855 this log cabin was the only building in Topeka. Nine pioneers lived in it and a large tent. The cabin served its purpose of housing the first citizens of the town until they could claim or buy land of their own and build more substantial dwellings. The roof of the cabin was originally thatched but it burned one night and the occupants barely escaped with their lives. The cabin was possibly razed in 1855 or 1856.


Ft. Scott log cabin

Ft. Scott log cabin
Date: Between 1854 and 1860
Pioneer log cabin house located at Ft. Scott, Kansas.


George Walter, History of Kanzas

George Walter, History of Kanzas
Creator: Walter, George
Date: 1855
This history was written by George Walter, agent for the New York Kanzas League. The purpose of the League was to assist individuals and families to emigrate to Kansas and help provides reduced prices and other assistance. The office of the New York Kanzas League was located on the 3rd floor of No. 110 Broadway, New York City. Walter provided the information he thought emigrants to Kansas would need including descriptions of the situation in the territory, its climate, soil, rivers, and native products. He also gave information about industry in Kansas Territory, particularly the milling industry. He provided information on routes and supplies needed as well as a copy of the reemption law. The text of the Bill to organize the territories of Kansas and Nebraska was included on pages 24 through 48 of the pamphlet.


Highley log cabin near Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Highley log cabin near Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1866 and 1900
This is a photograph of the Highley log cabin which was built one mile northeast of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, in 1866.


Homestead of Israel K. Brown, Cato, Kansas

Homestead of Israel K. Brown, Cato, Kansas
Date: February 1, 1932
A photograph of the homestead of Israel K. Brown in Cato, Kansas. Israel K. Brown was deeded the first land patent of the Cherokee Neutral Land on January 1, 1870.


House on the Pemberton ranch in Rush County, Kansas

House on the Pemberton ranch in Rush County, Kansas
Creator: Wittick, George B.
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This is a stereograph showing a sod and log house on the Pemberton ranch in Rush County, Kansas. The ranch was located on Walnut Creek.


Humbargar log cabin, Saline County, Kansas

Humbargar log cabin, Saline County, Kansas
Date: between 1866 and 1890
Humbargar family members standing outside of their log cabin, Saline County, Kansas.


Humbargar log cabin, Saline County, Kansas

Humbargar log cabin, Saline County, Kansas
Date: Between 1866 and 1890
Humbargar log cabin with attached grain storage, Saline County, Kansas. The cabin was built in 1866.


John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas

John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1912 and 1928
This black and white photograph shows the caretaker cottage and Adair-Brown cabin, (L to R), at the John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. The cabin built around 1854 by Samuel Glenn was later sold in 1855 to John Brown's brother-in-law Samuel Lyle Adair. The cabin provided a home for the Adair family but was frequently used by Brown for abolitionist activities. In 1912, the structure was moved to the highest point in the John Brown Memorial Park which is also the site of the "Battle of Osawatomie" where John Brown and thirty free state defenders fought in 1856 against 250 pro-slavery militia. A stone pavilion was built in 1928 to protect the cabin's exterior. The state legislature appointed the Kansas Historical Society to maintain the site and in 1971 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas

John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1928 and 1938
This black and white photograph shows the entry way to the John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. In the background the Adair-Brown cabin is somewhat visible. The structure built around 1854 by Samuel Glenn was later sold, in 1855, to John Brown's brother-in-law Samuel Lyle Adair. The cabin provided a home for the Adair family but was frequently used by Brown for abolitionist activities. In 1912, the structure was move to the highest point in the John Brown Memorial Park which is also the site of the "Battle of Osawatomie" where John Brown and thirty free-state defenders fought in 1856 against 250 pro-slavery militia. A stone pavilion was built in 1928 to protect the cabin's exterior. The state legislature appointed the Kansas Historical Society to maintain the site and in 1971 it was listed on the National Register of Places.


John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas

John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1928 and 1938
This black and white photograph shows the caretaker cottage and the Adair- Brown cabin, (L to R), at the John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. The cabin built around 1854 by Samuel Glenn was later sold, in 1855, to John Brown's brother-in-law Samuel Lyle Adair. The cabin provided a home for the Adair family but was frequently used by Brown for abolitionist activities. In 1912, the structure was moved to the highest point in the John Brown Memorial Park which is also the site of the "Battle of Osawatomie" where John Brown and thirty free-state defenders fought in 1856 against 250 pro-slavery militia. A stone pavilion was built in 1928 to protect the cabin's exterior. The state legislature appointed the Kansas Historical Society to maintain the site and in 1971 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls
Creator: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Date: October 5, 1858
On his first full day in Sumner, Kansas Territory, Ingalls penned a second letter to his father to convey his first impressions of "that Promised Land." The reality Ingalls found and described was quite different than what was depicted in "the lithographic fiction" he had been shown back East. Other than the hotel, the "city" was composed of a "few log huts and miserable cabins . . . None of the premises are fenced," wrote Ingalls, "the whole place being open to the incursions of dogs and pigs which exist in large numbers and seem in fact to constitute the greater amount of the population." Virtually everything about the place distressed Ingalls, who was "quite unable to convey to you any definite idea of the disappointment, not unmingled with anger and mortification, with which I contemplate the State of affairs here."


John Rogler cabin

John Rogler cabin
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows the John Rogler cabin. It was located about two miles south from the Charles W. Rogler home on the South Fork of the Cottonwood River basin in the Bazaar Township of Chase County, Kansas.


John W. Hoss log cabin, Chetopa Creek, Wilson County, Kansas

John W. Hoss log cabin, Chetopa Creek, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1902
This is a photograph of thirteen men, women and children in front of the John W. Hoss log cabin, built in 1875 on Chetopa Creek, in Wilson County, Kansas.


Joseph Harrington Trego to Alice Trego

Joseph Harrington Trego to Alice Trego
Creator: Trego, Joseph H. (Joseph Harrington), 1823-1905
Date: October 25, 1857
Joseph Trego wrote from his log cabin near Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, to his wife, Alice, in Illinois. Trego described the beauty of the fall foliage and his plans to build a new home for his family, whom he greatly missed. He worried that he had heard from Alice only once in seven weeks, while he had written every week. Trego showed that he was well connected to current events in the Territory and the county, as he and his friends took several newspapers, including two from Lawrence.


Joseph Harrington Trego to Alice Trego

Joseph Harrington Trego to Alice Trego
Creator: Trego, Joseph H. (Joseph Harrington), 1823-1905
Date: October 16, 1857
Joseph H. Trego wrote from his cabin in Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, to his wife Alice in Rock Island, Illinois, about his journey from Kansas City to Sugar Mound. His friends, Thomas Ellwood Smith (Ell) and his brother Edwin (Ed), and himself were poorly prepared as they expected to stay in public houses during the journey, not camp outside as their wagon transportation preferred. As the road they took went right down the Missouri state line, Trego contrasted the well-established farms to the East with the "open, wild prairie" to the West. He and his brother, upon arriving at their cabin, found that they had "Hoosier" neighbors (from Indiana), who were pleasant but proslavery. Trego recounted the difficulty they had acquiring home furnishings and food, fighting adverse weather at every turn. He spoke at length of how he was comforted by writing to his wife, as he and his friends greatly missed their families.


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