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Abraham Eitzen farm, Marion County, Kansas

Abraham Eitzen farm, Marion County, Kansas
Date: 1904
This is a photograph of the Abraham Eitzen farm located 2 miles east and 2 1/2 miles south of Hillsboro, Kansas. It shows the home, farm buildings and a windmill. It is a snow scene and there is a horse drawn sled in the image.


Alfalfa field and irrigation canal in Finney County, Kansas

Alfalfa field and irrigation canal in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This photograph shows an alfalfa field and irrigation canal in Finney County, Kansas.


Along the trail west of Ingalls, Kansas

Along the trail west of Ingalls, Kansas
Date: September 5, 1914
This is a colored photograph of a covered wagon traveling along the trail west of Ingalls, Kansas. Next to the trail is one of Soule's irrigation ditches.


Alysia Kysar to Governor Joan Finney

Alysia Kysar to Governor Joan Finney
Creator: Kysar, Alysia
Date: March 19, 1991
Alysia Kysar of Liberal, Kansas, writes Governor Joan Finney of Topeka concerning a water rights conflict at Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands in Barton County, Kansas. Kysar is eleven years old. She argues that the importance of wildlife habitats and communal ownership of natural resources, like water, supercede the rights of individual water users along Wet Walnut Creek. Kysar further questions the suitability of irrigated agriculture to an arid environment. In Wet Walnut Irrigators v. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (1992), the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cheyenne Bottoms, citing its earlier claim to water rights.


Amazon ditch near Garden City, Kansas

Amazon ditch near Garden City, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing a man fishing in the Amazon ditch in Finney County, Kansas.


An act regulating the diversion, appropriation, storage and distribution of water for industrial purposes

An act regulating the diversion, appropriation, storage and distribution of water for industrial purposes
Creator: Kansas. Legislature
Date: 1891
In this bill (H.B. 602), the House Committee on Irrigation drafted legislation to control and regulate the rights of water in Kansas. Articles within the bill include, Diversion and Appropriation of water for industrial purposes, rights of use of water, right of way, disposal of seepage water, creation of irrigation ditches, construction and maintenance and operation of works, regulation of rates and compensation, and unlawful interference. The bill passed both the house and senate and was signed into law March 10, 1891.


Arkansas City residents to Governor Willis Bailey

Arkansas City residents to Governor Willis Bailey
Creator: Commercial Club of Arkansas City
Date: March 17, 1903
Community residents and members of the Commercial Club of Arkansas City send a resolution to Governor Bailey recommending the retention of ex-attorney General Goddard in the case of Kansas vs Colorado now pending in the United States Supreme Court.


Arthur Alexander and Christena Randall's farmhouse in Decatur County, Kansas

Arthur Alexander and Christena Randall's farmhouse in Decatur County, Kansas
Date: Between January 01, 1930 and December 31, 1935
This is a postcard showing three men and a horse standing next to Arthur Alexander Randall's farmhouse in Decatur County, Kansas. A windmill is visible next to the farmhouse.


A staff correspondent of the Chicago Inter Ocean, visits Kansas

A staff correspondent of the Chicago Inter Ocean, visits Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 06, 1882
One of a weekly series of booklets titled "The Inter Ocean" published by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to promote the settling of Kansas. The topics in this eight page booklet include A Sweet Subject (sugar cane), The Land O'Mutton, Silk Culture in Kansas, Stockman's Paradise and About Ditch Farming. A farm of one thousand acres could be purchased from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad for $6,000 on eleven years time.


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.


C. M. Niquette's pond in Finney County, Kansas

C. M. Niquette's pond in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1907
A photograph showing people at Charles M. Niquette's pond, a private irrigation reservoir with water pumped by windmills from underflow in Finney County, Kansas.


C. McLain's pumping plant, Finney County, Kansas

C. McLain's pumping plant, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows C. McLain's pumping plant in Finney County, Kansas, including an Aermotor windmill and man sitting near a reservoir filled with water.


C. McLain's pumping plant, Finney County, Kansas

C. McLain's pumping plant, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a man standing next to C. McLain's pumping plant in Finney County, Kansas. The photograph also shows a body of water, an Aermotor windmill, a fence, some trees, and an open field.


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.


Canal from Great Eastern head gate in Finney County, Kansas

Canal from Great Eastern head gate in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
View of the Great Eastern Ditch from the head gate showing it going around the reservoir, Finney County, Kansas.


Canal from farmers' dam to headgate in Finney County, Kansas

Canal from farmers' dam to headgate in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing the canal from farmers' dam to headgate near Garden City, Kansas.


Cattle and a barn in Seward County, Kansas

Cattle and a barn in Seward County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This is a photograph showing cattle, a windmill, and a barn in Seward County, Kansas.


Cattle on an irrigated farm, Finney County, Kansas

Cattle on an irrigated farm, Finney County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
The photograph shows an irrigated farm near Garden City, in Finney County, Kansas. It also shows an elevator, silos, and cattle. In the background is a residence and a windmill. The photograph was donated by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.


Cattle standing in a farm pond, Haskell County, Kansas

Cattle standing in a farm pond, Haskell County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of cattle standing in an unidentified farm pond in Haskell County, Kansas. A windmill and several buildings are visible in the background.


Chapter IV: Destructive effects of undesirable tendencies, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee

Chapter IV: Destructive effects of undesirable tendencies, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee
Creator: Great Plains Committee
Date: December, 1936
This report was created by the Great Plains Committee, which had been called by President Roosevelt to investigate the effects of drought and wind erosion in the southwestern United States. Chapter IV of the report, titled "Destructive Effects of Undesirable Tendencies," outlines some of the major problems in this region, composed of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. These problems included the decreasing amount of range land, soil erosion, and the depletion of ground water. A large part of the chapter deals with relief efforts and homestead rehabilitation. It also contains illustrations and tables that provide comparative data on the situation in each of these states.


Charley Davis' family and home possibly in Haskell County, Kansas

Charley Davis' family and home possibly in Haskell County, Kansas
Date: July 16, 1905
This is a photograph of Charley Davis with his family and their sod house possibly in Haskell County, Kansas. A windmill and out buildings are visible in the background.


Cimarron Valley, possibly Gray County, Kansas

Cimarron Valley, possibly Gray County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a view of what could possibly be Cimarron Valley in Gray County, Kansas. In the foreground of the photo, there is a man sitting on a bicycle and a child standing next to him.


Composite photograph showing scenes near Garden City, Kansas

Composite photograph showing scenes near Garden City, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
A composite photograph showing a round-up, an irrigation canal head gate, Arkansas River bridge, three binders working in a field, and harvested wheat in Finney County, Kansas.


Composite photograph showing scenes near Garden City, Kansas

Composite photograph showing scenes near Garden City, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
A composite photograph showing a steam tractor and plow, three binders at work, a wheat field, irrigation canal gates, a farm, bison, a tree claim, product exhibit at the county fair, and the U. S. Experimental farm near Garden City, Kansas.


Concrete works on the Great Eastern Canal in Finney County, Kansas

Concrete works on the Great Eastern Canal in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing workers poring cement at the Great Eastern ditch in Finney County, Kansas.


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