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Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1931
An aerial view of land located west of Gage Boulevard, south of the Kansas River, and north of 6th Avenue. The area later became West Hills and Prospect Hills residential subdivisions. In 1931, several people formed the Prospect Hills Golf Association. They hired Mr. Daghlerch, a Kansas City architect, to lay out the course (black lines on the photograph show the location). It continued for six years and on January 27, 1937, a portion of the land was sold to Mrs. Theo Landon. On May 9, 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Landon purchased the remaining part of Prospect Hills and hired Neiswanger Investment Company to market the subdivision.


Arthur Capper, Bethesda, Maryland

Arthur Capper, Bethesda, Maryland
Date: May 15, 1929
This portrait shows McGrew, Sharp, Marmell, and Capper, at the Burning Tree Golf Club in Bethesda, Maryland from the script at the bottom of the photograph. The men are dressed to play golf and are standing in front of an automobile. Arthur Capper, 1865-1951, a native of Garnett, Kansas, served Kansas as Governor from 1915 to 1919, and as U. S. Senator from 1919 to 1949.


Bob Hope playing golf at the Topeka Country Club in Topeka, Kansas

Bob Hope playing golf at the Topeka Country Club in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Division of Economic Development
Date: 1945
This is a photograph showing Bob Hope and other golfers playing in the Bob Hope Tourney at the Topeka Country Club in Topeka, Kansas.


Colorado for the tourist

Colorado for the tourist
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful scenery provided to the tourist in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.


Country Club, Topeka, Kansas

Country Club, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows the Topeka Country Club at 2700 SW Buchanan Street in Topeka, Kansas. The facility was designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss.


Country Club, Topeka, Kansas

Country Club, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Hall Stationery Co., Topeka, KS
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
These two postcards show views of the Topeka Country Club at 2700 SW Buchanan Street in Topeka, Kansas. The facility was designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss.


Country Club, Topeka, Kansas

Country Club, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1906 and 1916
This photograph shows the Topeka Country Club at 2700 SW Buchanan Street in Topeka, Kansas. The facility was designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss.


Country Club, Topeka, Kansas

Country Club, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This photograph shows the Topeka Country Club at 2700 SW Buchanan Street in Topeka, Kansas. The facility was designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss.


Country Club, Topeka, Kansas

Country Club, Topeka, Kansas
Date: August 16, 1906
This postcard shows a view of the Topeka Country Club at 2700 Buchanan Street in Topeka, Kansas. The structure was designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss.


Golf bag and clubs

Golf bag and clubs
Date: between 1950 and 2002
Golf bag with two zippered compartments, used to hold a set of clubs owned by Tillie Becker (1912-2002) of Topeka. Becker won the Kansas State Women's Golf Championship four times, in 1941, 1949, 1950, and 1951. She also won the Topeka women's championship 25 times. Becker's daughter, Marsha Williams, donated the clubs.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject feedlots - grain elevators

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject feedlots - grain elevators
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subjects included in this part of the collection are feedlots, festivals, fire stations, forts, geological formations, golf courses, and grain elevators.


Larry Elliott athletics scrapbook

Larry Elliott athletics scrapbook
Date: 1950-1989
This is a scrapbook filled with photographs, news clippings, programs, and brochures detailing the athletic exploits of Larry Elliott during the years of 1950 through 1989. Larry Elliott is the father of Mark Elliott, both from Silver Lake, Kansas, who was the state-record holder for career home runs with 36 until it was broken in 2004 by another Silver Lake athlete, Josh Workman. He also went 8-0 as a pitcher in 1977 for the Silver Lake Eagles. Mark played football at Washburn University and was drafted in 1977 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent three seasons in the minors, hitting .262 with 12 home runs. When he graduated from Silver Lake, Elliott also held the career record for passing yards with 5,525. He also was a well renowned golfer in Topeka, winning four straight City Stroke Play titles from 2007-10 and two straight City Match Play titles from 2007-08 in addition to numerous KGA titles.


Latitude and longitude of Kansas commerce

Latitude and longitude of Kansas commerce
Creator: Kansas. Dept. of Economic Development
Date: 1968
This twenty minute, 16mm film was written and produced by the Kansas Department of Economic Development and promotes the variety and quality of Kansas-made goods and services. Jack Lacy, director of the Kansas Department of Economic Development, narrates the film. The film features transportation, agricultural products (turkey, cattle, wheat, alfalfa), agricultural machinery, work clothes, oil, coal, helium, gypsum, boots, model railroads and carnival rides, classroom furniture, printing and publishing, golf equipment, fiberglass, guns, heavy metals, cellophane, tires, and airplanes.


Mark Elliott scrapbook

Mark Elliott scrapbook
Date: 1960-1979
This is a scrapbook filled with photographs, news clippings, programs, and brochures detailing the life and athletic exploits of Mark Elliott during the years of 1960 through 1989. Mark Elliott, originally from Silver Lake, Kansas, was the state-record holder for career home runs with 36 until it was broken in 2004 by another Silver Lake athlete, Josh Workman. He also went 8-0 as a pitcher in 1977 for the Silver Lake Eagles. Mark played football at Washburn University and was drafted in 1977 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent three seasons in the minors, hitting .262 with 12 home runs. When he graduated from Silver Lake, Elliott also held the career record for passing yards with 5,525. He also was a well renowned golfer in Topeka, winning four straight City Stroke Play titles from 2007-10 and two straight City Match Play titles from 2007-08 in addition to numerous KGA titles. The son of former Washburn football and baseball coach Larry Elliott, Mark coached the Kansas State golf team from 1991-97.


Mark Elliott sports programs

Mark Elliott sports programs
Date: 1910-1997
This set of records are programs and schedules covering sports teams Mark Elliott was a part of. The items include records from his time as the head coach of the Kansas State University men and women's golf coach. There is also a history of Silver Lake, Topeka, included in this collection. Mark Elliott, originally from Silver Lake, Kansas, was the state-record holder for career home runs with 36 until it was broken in 2004 by another Silver Lake athlete, Josh Workman. He also went 8-0 as a pitcher in 1977 for the Silver Lake Eagles. Mark played football at Washburn University and was drafted in 1977 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent three seasons in the minors, hitting .262 with 12 home runs. When he graduated from Silver Lake, Elliott also held the career record for passing yards with 5,525. He also was a well renowned golfer in Topeka, winning four straight City Stroke Play titles from 2007-10 and two straight City Match Play titles from 2007-08 in addition to numerous KGA titles. The son of former Washburn football and baseball coach Larry Elliott, Mark coached the Kansas State golf team from 1991-97.


Menninger Golf Tournament in Topeka, Kansas

Menninger Golf Tournament in Topeka, Kansas
Date: October 2, 1988
Tom Olsen from the data processing office at the Menninger Clinic, is shown putting on the green.


Menninger golf tournament in Topeka, Kansas

Menninger golf tournament in Topeka, Kansas
Date: October 1989
Glen Gabbard, M.D., putts the golf ball as Harry Reeder and Al Logan look on at the 1989 Menninger golf tournament.


Menninger golf tournament in Topeka, Kansas

Menninger golf tournament in Topeka, Kansas
Date: October 2, 1988
Jackie Salsbury watching her golf ball at the 1988 Menninger golf tournament. George Tatum and Pearl Farrant are in the background.


U.S. 50 coast to coast. The central pleasure route

U.S. 50 coast to coast. The central pleasure route
Creator: U.S. 50 Federation
Date: 1950s
This pamphlet by the U.S. 50 Federation promotes travel on U.S. Route 50 from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. It details specifically the travel and tourism sites to be found on the highway through Kansas. Automobile travel is highlighted as an exciting means to explore and see the many attractions found throughout the nation.


Views of Lake Quivira, Kansas

Views of Lake Quivira, Kansas
Creator: Quivira News
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
Here are four postcards and the envelope in which they were distributes of Lake Quivira, Kansas. They were distributed as a packet and the envelope has printed information about Lade Quivira. The images include the highway sign at the entrance to Lake Quivira, the Crescent Beach board walk and diving tower, a typical ome at the west end of the dam, the golf course, and the golf club house. Lake Quivira had 900 acres of restricted residentail and recreational property.


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