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Anderson County, Kansas, fair

Anderson County, Kansas, fair
Date: August 25 - 28, 1891
This poster announces a fair to be held in Anderson County, Kansas. The poster includes a color illustration of a sulky race with horses and riders. Fair officers are R. T. Stokes, president, and M. L. White, secretary.


Anderson County fair

Anderson County fair
Creator: Anderson County Fair Association
Date: October 4, 1881
A poster for the Anderson County fair. Poster viewers are encouraged to "Develop our Resources; Promote Home Interests; and Encourage Home Industries." Highlights include a speed ring, cattle show, and moderate gate fees. Fair officers are D. D. Judy, president, and A. C. Messenger, secretary.


Anderson County fair, Garnett, Kansas

Anderson County fair, Garnett, Kansas
Date: 1895
This poster announces the Anderson County fair at Garnett, Kansas. An illustration of a sulky, or chariot, race is included. M. L. White is the fair secretary.


Annual fair of the Saline County Agricultural, Horticultural & Mechanical Association

Annual fair of the Saline County Agricultural, Horticultural & Mechanical Association
Creator: Saline County Agricultural, Horticultural, and Mechanical Association
Date: September 23 - 28, 1884
This poster announces a fair to held in Salina, Kansas, sponsored by the Saline County Agricultural, Horticultural & Mechanical Association. Highlights of the fair include speed trials each day, fine fruits and vegetable displays, and reduced railroad rates. The poster includes many color illustrations of livestock, produce, and horse and high wheel bicycle racing. Activities include baseball games, bands, and running races. The fair is held in Oakdale Park, Salina, Kansas.


At Salina, Kansas

At Salina, Kansas
Creator: Saline County Agricultural, Horticultural, and Mechanical Association
Date: September 23 - 26, 1884
This poster presumably announces an agricultural fair to be held at Salina, Kansas. The Saline County Agricultural, Horticultural, and Mechanical Association most likely produced the poster. An illustration of a sulky race is included.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1938
These two black and white photographs show thoroughbred and racehorse Stagehand with trainer Earl Sande aboard an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company special railcar. The two were departing from southern California to Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the Kentucky Derby.


Benjamin Franklin Akers

Benjamin Franklin Akers
Date: Between 1854 and 1859
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin Akers (1829-1880), from Yorkshire, England, who came to America with his parents in 1842 and lived them in Ohio. He married Rosetta Maria Hungerford on November 12, 1851. In the early 1860s, Akers opened a livery stable in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he supplied horses to the army and ran mule and oxen freight trains to Denver. At the close of the Civil War, he entered into a partnership with Colonel Amasa Sprague. They purchased a tract of land adjoining the city of Lawrence, Kansas, and established the Kansas Stock Farm. Sprague and Akers erected stables, built a training course, and purchased the famous trotting stallion, Ethan Allen. After Akers' death in 1880, his wife Rosetta lost the farm. The land was sold and developed, but their house remains at 1645 Louisiana Street in Lawrence, Kansas.


Better than ever! The fifth annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association

Better than ever! The fifth annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association
Creator: J.B. Savage, Mammoth Show Print
Date: October 6 - 9, 1885
Advertising the approaching Bourbon County, Kansas fair, this poster tells of entertainment that will include horse racing, baseball, cycling, and live music. Fair officers are J. W. Davis, president; J. F. Cottrell, treasurer; and E. W. Hulbert, secretary.


Big show at Garnett, Kansas

Big show at Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Anderson County Fair Association
Date: August 26, 1884-August 29, 1884
This Anderson County fair poster advertises horse racing, which will include a fenced track and new stables along with "many other improvements." Featured is an illustration of a horse race along with four images of livestock. D. D. Judy is the president of the Anderson County Fair Association and M. L. White is the secretary.


Bird's Eye View of Peabody, Marion County, Kansas

Bird's Eye View of Peabody, Marion County, Kansas
Creator: Morse, D. D
Date: 1878
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Peabody, Marion County, Kansas. The legend at the bottom of the image identifies churches, schools, banks, a printing office, a hotel, a flour mill and wagon shops. The business district is very distinct. The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad ran through the town. The inset in the middle bottom depicts the Peabody Library. There is a race track in the upper left area of the lithograph. It was drawn by D. D. Morse in 1878 and published by Lott & Zeuch Lithograph, Chicago, Illinois.


Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson Lith., Kansas City, MO.
Date: 1879
Artist Augustus Koch drew this bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park in Salina, Kansas, in the 1870s and Ramsey, Millett & Hudsen, lithographers of Kansas City, Missouri, created this print in 1879. The print shows the park confined within a bow of the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina. W. R. Geis owned the property and was secretary and manager of the Kansas State Tournament which was held at the park from October 7 - 11, 1879. Besides Geis, tournament organizers included L. C. Wasson, Ottawa; C. J. Kendall, Osage City; J. D. Patterson, Lawrence; Willis Kesler, Salina; D. R. Wagstaff, Salina; W. S. Stambaugh, Abilene. The park included a Swiss cottage (park hotel), a bowling alley, an exposition hall, a flying dutchman merry-go-round, a grand stand and half-mile track, a judge's stand, Vahn's greenhouse, training stables, a ticket office, bird traps and shooting stand, and a river boat steamer called the "Belle of Salina." Since 1977 the park has been home to the annual Smoky Hill River Festival arts fair.


Bismarck fair, Lawrence, Kansas

Bismarck fair, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: September 3 - 8, 1883
A poster announcing the Bismarck fair to be held at Lawrence, Kansas. Highlights of the fair include races, $2,500 in prizes, and no stall fees. The poster includes a color illustration of a horse race.


Bismarck fair, Lawrence, Kansas

Bismarck fair, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: September 3 - 8, 1888
This poster announces a fair at Bismarck in Lawrence, Kansas. The poster includes a color illustration of a sulky race with horses and riders.


Bismark Grove, Lawrence, Kansas

Bismark Grove, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: September 18, 1882-September 23, 1882
This is a colored lithograph of Bismarck Grove, Lawrence, Kansas. It served as the site of the Western National Fair Association. The upper image shows the exposition grounds including the agricultural hall, the main exhibition hall, the machinery hall, and tracks, stands, and stables for racing. The view in the lower lift depicts the "Art Hall and Vicinity." The entrance to the fair grounds, including a depot and main gate is shown at the lower right of the image. The legend at the bottom of the lithograph states that there are 258 acres in the fiar grounds, the cost of improvements was $100,000, the distance from the Union Pacific Depot in Lawrence was one mile, and the seating capacity in the Tabernacle is 5000. It also gives the distance from Lawrence to Leavenworth, Kansas City, and Topeka. Ramsey, Millett, & Hudson Lithograph, Kansas City (no state given) produced the lithograph.


Bismark fair, Lawrence, Kansas

Bismark fair, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: September 3 - 8, 1888
This poster promotes a fair to be held at Lawrence, Kansas. An illustration of a sulky race is included.


Cawker City fair, Cawker City, Kansas

Cawker City fair, Cawker City, Kansas
Creator: Cawker City District Fair Association
Date: September 24 - 27, 1889
This poster announces the fourth annual fair of the Cawker City District Fair Association at Cawker City, Kansas. Highlights include $5,000 in premiums, a good band, races each day, and grand balloon ascension.


Cherokee County exhibition

Cherokee County exhibition
Creator: Cherokee County Breeders' Association
Date: Between 1870 and 1910
A poster for the Cherokee County fair. There is no year given but the dates are from October 11th to October 14th. Highlights of the fair include: $2,500 in premiums; good races daily; and shows of mechanical arts. Fair officers are A. T. Lea, president, and D. C. Nichols, secretary.


Clay Center fair

Clay Center fair
Creator: Clay County Kansas Fair Association
Date: September 12 - 15, 1893
A poster announcing a fair in Clay Center, Kansas. It shows a color illustration of a horse race.


Clyde, Kansas fair

Clyde, Kansas fair
Date: September 5 - 8, 1882
This is a poster for the Clyde, Kansas, fair. Highlights include races, liberal purses, and a speech by Schuyler Colfax. An illustration of a sulky race is included.


Columbus fair, Columbus, Kansas

Columbus fair, Columbus, Kansas
Creator: Cherokee County Breeders' Association
Date: October 15, 1889-October 17, 1889
This poster announces the first annual fair of the Cherokee County Breeders' Association to be held in Columbus, Kansas. Highlights of the fair include $3,000 in premiums, first class exhibitions, and a good band. Fair officers are A. D. Watts, president; Henry Neal, vice president; Dr. E. A. Scammon, treasurer; and L. M. Pickering, secretary.


Coursing, Great Bend, Kansas

Coursing, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: 1900
This photograph shows the American Coursing Association holding a coursing meet in Great Bend, Kansas. This competitive sport allows greyhounds to test their athletic ability as a dog rather then have them kill the rabbit.


Coursing, Portis, Kansas

Coursing, Portis, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Industrial Development Commission
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
These five photographs show greyhounds participating in coursing activities in Portis, Kansas. This competitive sport allows greyhounds to test their athletic ability as a dog rather than having them kill the rabbit.


Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association, Winfield, Kansas

Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association, Winfield, Kansas
Creator: Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
This poster announces a fair sponsored by the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association to be held at Winfield, Kansas. The poster includes color illustrations of livestock and horse racing.


Cowley County fair

Cowley County fair
Creator: Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association
Date: September 05, 1887-September 09, 1887
A poster for the Cowley County fair to be held in Winfield, Kansas. Highlights of the fair include: races; an exposition; and excursion rates on railroads. Fair officers are S. P. Strong, president; W. J. Wilson, secretary; and A. H. Doane, treasurer.


Cowley County fair

Cowley County fair
Creator: Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association
Date: August 30, 1886-September 03, 1886
This poster announces the fourth annual fair of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association in Winfield, Kansas. Highlights include races, exhibitions, and reduced rail rates. Fair officers are S. P. Strong, president, and W. J. Wilson, secretary.


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