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A.S. Parsons' residence, Finney County, Kansas

A.S. Parsons' residence, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a view of A. S. Parsons' residence in Finney County, Kansas. In addition to the residence, an outbuilding is visible on the left side of the photo.


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.


An original "Council Grove" tree, Council Grove, Kansas

An original "Council Grove" tree, Council Grove, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1930
A photograph of one of the original trees of Council Grove, Kansas. At the time the photograph was taken, it was estimated to be 250 years old. The adjacent stone building was a small brewery.


Banyan, Palace Square, Hawaii - Giant Tree

Banyan, Palace Square, Hawaii - Giant Tree
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1921
Captain Hughes took this picture of an automobile under a large banyan tree in Palace Square, Lahaina, Hawaii. It appears that his family is in the automobile. After Captain Hughes' assignment at Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland, he had applied for a position in the Regular Army. He was accepted in September 1920 and assigned to a post at Ft. Lewis, Washington as a Battery Commander of the 13th Field Artillery. In October he was transferred to the Battery Commander Headquarters for the 13th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Hughes and wife, Mabel, along with the children moved to Hawaii and remained there until September of 1923. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Bounty on Trees

Bounty on Trees
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 15, 1915
This file includes a letter from Hays, Kansas about the bounty on trees. The letter proposes a change to the bill introduced by Mr. Shouse. Instead of charging ten cents per tree planted in Western Kansas, nurseries should be charged on the quantity of trees living for one year or more after planting. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


By the President of the United States, a proclamation: whereas it appears that the public good will be promoted by eliminating certain lands within the State of Kansas from the Kansas National Forest

By the President of the United States, a proclamation: whereas it appears that the public good will be promoted by eliminating certain lands within the State of Kansas from the Kansas National Forest
Creator: Taft, William Howard, 1857-1930
Date: February 24, 1913
This proclamation by President William H. Taft changes the boundaries of the Kansas National Forest. The original forest boundaries are illustrated on the diagram from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The forest was located west of Garden City and south of the Atchison, Topeka, and Sante Fe Railroad in Finney, Haskell, Grant, Kearny, and Hamilton counties. The proclamation excludes land west of Syracuse, Kansas and east of the Colorado border.


C. D. Perry's irrigation ditch near Englewood, Kansas

C. D. Perry's irrigation ditch near Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1903
View of a couple standing along an irrigation ditch on the Clarence D. Perry farm near Englewood, Kansas.


Cabbage field, pumping plant, Doty farm, Finney County, Kansas

Cabbage field, pumping plant, Doty farm, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph is of a cabbage field and pumping plant on Doty's farm in Finney County, Kansas. The pumping plant is obscured by a tree line but the windmill is visible. A man is visible standing in the field.


Capitol grounds , Topeka, Kansas

Capitol grounds , Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Lyle, Kent
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
A photograph of a cottonwood tree on the grounds of the Kansas capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The cottonwood is the Kansas state tree.


Celery field, A. S. Parsons farm, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

Celery field, A. S. Parsons farm, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows part of a celery field on A.S. Parson's farm in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas.


Children on a picnic in Council Grove, Kansas

Children on a picnic in Council Grove, Kansas
Creator: Anderson, Walt
Date: around 1900
A group of picnicking children and their teacher for the camera. In the background of one photograph, bicycles leaning against the trees are visible. In another, there is a view of the Neosho River.


Christmas scene

Christmas scene
Date: 1959
This black and white photograph shows a Christmas tree adorned with lights and decorations. In the foreground a woman is kneeling before the tree.


Christmas scene

Christmas scene
Date: 1959
This black and white photograph shows a Christmas tree adorned with lights and decorations.


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.


D.M. Frost's cabbage field, near Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

D.M. Frost's cabbage field, near Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
The photograph shows D.M. Frost's cabbage field near Garden City, in Finney County, Kansas. The photograph also shows a few windmills and some trees.


D.M. Frost's farm near Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

D.M. Frost's farm near Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
The photograph shows a view of D.M. Frost's farm near Garden City, Finney County, Kansas. In the center of the photograph there is some type of building and a horse pulling what may be a buggy. Also in the photograph there is a windmill, a few crops, and in the background there is a line of trees.


Dedication of GAR Memorial Tree in Ottawa, Kansas

Dedication of GAR Memorial Tree in Ottawa, Kansas
Date: April 1, 1911
The dedication of a Grand Army of the Republic memorial tree on the grounds of the Franklin County courthouse in Ottawa, Kansas.


Dr. Karl  Menninger and a tree

Dr. Karl Menninger and a tree
Date: 1970
Dr. Karl described the tree behind his house as "the biggest in Topeka". He described these photographs as "the death of a grand tree". It was cut down in 1970. Dr. Karl Menninger was one of the founding fathers of psychiatry. He was also a great observer and deeply appreciated the natural world. (the colored photographs have faded)


Early Garden City, Kansas

Early Garden City, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: 1895
The photographs show different views of Garden City, Finney County, Kansas, as it appeared around 1895


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.


Forest Tree Culture on Kansas Prairies

Forest Tree Culture on Kansas Prairies
Creator: Kern, Maximilian Gottlieb, 1825-1916
Date: 1879
Kansas Pacific Railway promotional publication advocating the advantages of cultivating trees on the Kansas prairie for newly arriving emigrants into the region.


Fruit trees, Finney County, Kansas

Fruit trees, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows fruit trees and a row crop in Finney County, Kansas.


G. T. Inge's residence, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

G. T. Inge's residence, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: 1901
This photograph shows a view of G. T. Inge's residence in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas. A man is visible on the porch steps.


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.


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