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A New Home in an Old Settlement:  Come  and see the "New Land in an Old Country"

A New Home in an Old Settlement: Come and see the "New Land in an Old Country"
Date: May 1, 1876
This paper advertises for sale land, formerly owned by the Pottawatomie Nation, from 1837 to 1868, and then purchased by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company. On the reverse side of the paper is a sectional map showing the area and identifying those lands that were still for sale by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Company. The text gives brief descriptions of the cities and towns in the area; the railroads available; fuel and lumber that are native to the area; and, descriptions and prices of the land.


Abo River, Abo Canyon, New Mexico

Abo River, Abo Canyon, New Mexico
Date: Between 1905 and 1908
View of the Abo River in Abo Canyon, New Mexico. Construction of the AT&SF Railway bridges, tunnels, and tracks in Abo Canyon was begun in 1905 and completed in 1908.


A handbook of useful information for immigrants and settlers

A handbook of useful information for immigrants and settlers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1880-1889
Published by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, this pamphlet encouraged agricultural settlement on railroad lands in Kansas by glorifying the state's natural resources including water, soil, mineral deposits and plant life. Printed by the Kansas Farmer in Topeka, Kansas.


California calls you

California calls you
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beauty and tourism features of California.


Castle Bluffs in Gove County, Kansas

Castle Bluffs in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Castle Bluffs in Gove County. Edwin Boyer and his Buick are on the far right. A couple of men are standing on some of the bluffs.


Castle Rock, Kansas, on the Smoky Hill

Castle Rock, Kansas, on the Smoky Hill
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a photograph of Castle Rock located near the Smoky Hill River in Gove County, Kansas. Castle Rock was a landmark on the Butterfield Overland Dispatch route. The chalk was deposited in the area by an ancient inland sea. The formation was formed by the weathering of the chalk by wind and water. It received its name because it is said to look like a castle rising above the prairie. Alexander Gardner photographed the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division, as it was being built across Kansas. Along the route, he documented towns, forts, rivers, wildlife, plants, and landscape. This image is from a series Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad.


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.


Chimney Rock, near Waynoka, Oklahoma

Chimney Rock, near Waynoka, Oklahoma
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This photograph shows a horse-drawn wagon that may be the photographer's wagon. Along the rock formation an individual is seated along the upper portion of the rocks. Information provided by a patron suggests this is a photograph of Chimney Rock near Waynoka, Oklahoma. The original donor identified the photo as near Medicine Lodge, Kansas. An article in the Enid News and Eagle, March 7, 2009, notes the formation collapsed in 1973 and nothing remains.


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.


Connie's Cache from 14DP431

Connie's Cache from 14DP431
Date: Unknown
This cache of three bifaces represents nearly half of the cache that was exposed during the plowing of a field in Doniphan County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2002. A cache is a group of items stored hidden for future use. All of the bifaces were made of Smoky Hill silicified chalk, a chert that outcrops in western Kansas and Nebraska.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: January 30, 1859
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, who, accompanied by Mrs. Edward C. K. Garvey, had returned to Meadville, Pennsylvania to give birth to her second child. Meanwhile, Cyrus Holliday (who was Vice President of the upper territorial legislative body, the Council) had passed four bills, including one establishing Topeka as the Shawnee county seat. He bought new clothes for the session, since Lawrence had become more refined, with a new hotel. Holliday mentioned emigration to Pikes Peak, the Topeka bridge, trouble in L[i]nn county, and meeting three women, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. [Robert] Morrow, and Mrs. O'Donell (possibly Mrs. William O'Donnall) in Lawrence. He proposed that Liz, Mary Holliday's younger sister, return with her.


Dam on the Avery ranch near Englewood, Kansas

Dam on the Avery ranch near Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1903
A typical scene in western Kansas, where canyons were dammed to hold water for livestock. This view was taken on the Avery ranch near Englewood, Kansas. Two horse-drawn carriages are visible in the background.


Devil's Coffee Mill rock formation

Devil's Coffee Mill rock formation
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
This is a photo of the Devil's Coffee Mill rock formation in Logan County, Kansas.


Devils Bake Oven on Alum Creek, Kansas. 7 Miles east of Fort Harker & 496 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Devils Bake Oven on Alum Creek, Kansas. 7 Miles east of Fort Harker & 496 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows Devils Bake Oven, a rock formation, on Alum Creek, Kansas. There are people standing next to the rock. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Dr. C.F. Menninger with his mineralogy collection

Dr. C.F. Menninger with his mineralogy collection
Date: September 26, 1950
This is a photograph of Charles Frederick Menninger with his collection of rocks and books about mineralogy. This office was in the Arts and Crafts building in the East Campus of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.


Edwin Boyer and family at Chair Rock Castle Garden in Gove County, Kansas

Edwin Boyer and family at Chair Rock Castle Garden in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer and family members posed in a Buick automobile at Chair Rock Castle Garden, in Gove County, Kansas.


Edwin Boyer and family members at Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas

Edwin Boyer and family members at Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer and family members in his Buick automobile in front of Castle Rock, located in Gove County, Kansas.


Edwin Boyer and family members at a rock formation in Gove County, Kansas

Edwin Boyer and family members at a rock formation in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer and family members sitting near at a rock formation in Gove County, Kansas. The people are quite small in this image.


El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
Creator: Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Date: Between 1945 and 1959
View of two women and a man on an elevated wooden walkway near the base of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California.


Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands

Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: April 1871
A railroad company advertisement to emigrants promising cheap, abundant and good land for agricultural purposes.


Fishing in Colorado and Wyoming

Fishing in Colorado and Wyoming
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1912
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful and rustic scenery enjoyed in camp life and fishing as experienced in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.


Frog Rock, Pawnee County, Kansas

Frog Rock, Pawnee County, Kansas
Date: 1880-1889
This photograph shows a man pointing to Frog Rock on Pawnee Creek in the 1880's.


From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Date: 1876
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad promotional advertisement encouraging travel on its western line to the Rocky Mountains from the east. Includes timetable and illustrations by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


Fully-Grooved Maul from the Mem Site, 14MN328

Fully-Grooved Maul from the Mem Site, 14MN328
Date: 1500-1800 CE
This maul was excavated in 1986 during a highway salvage project at the Mem site undertaken by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and Kansas Anthropological Association volunteers. The artifact was used as a hammer. The groove around the middle of the maul would have been used to haft it onto a handle. It is made from metamorphic rock present in the glacial till. One end has a rounded poll with a small spall. The other end has a slightly convex surface. The maul was made by pecking and grinding it into its final shape. The Mem site, in Marion County, is a Great Bend aspect, ancestral Wichita village.


Hand book for the Kansas Pacific Railway

Hand book for the Kansas Pacific Railway
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1870
This Kansas Pacific Railroad publication advertises good abundant and cheap land readily available on its rail line between Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado. The booklet contains descriptions of the country and cities and towns along the Kansas Pacific Railroad and its branches.


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