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Cattle toll crossing in Hodgeman Co.; Parker's Ranch toll crossing

Cattle toll crossing in Hodgeman Co.; Parker's Ranch toll crossing
Creator: Holbrook, Eloise
Date: Between 1930 and 1938
A history of the cattle toll crossing and Parker's Ranch toll crossing in Hodgeman County. Included in this history is a description of the ranch's land and the amount of cattle that came through in one summer's drive.


Courthouse in Ravanna, Kansas

Courthouse in Ravanna, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Max
Date: Between 1899 and 1900
These two photographs show the Garfield County courthouse in Ravanna, Kansas. The courthouse was located approximately forty miles northeast of Garden City in Finney County. The two-story structure, built for the state's 106th county, was never utilized for governmental activities after the Kansas Supreme dissolved Garfield County on March 7, 1893. A fire in 1900 destroyed the building.


Handbook of Hodgeman County, Kansas

Handbook of Hodgeman County, Kansas
Creator: C. S. Burch Publishing Company
Date: 1887
The C.S. Burch handbooks, written for the immigrant and land looker, contain the 'most complete and varied information as to soil, climate, water, timber, schools, churches, highways, with reliable data regarding the advantages and drawbacks of the section treated.'


Ruins from Ravanna in Finney County, 14FY302

Ruins from Ravanna in Finney County, 14FY302
Date: 1999
Shown here are a single view of the school ruins and two views of the courthouse ruins at Ravanna in Finney County. These shots were taken in 1999 by a Kansas Historical Society Archeologist. Ravanna was founded in 1887 and was in the running to become the county seat of Garfield County. Later, Garfield County was merged into Finney County. The courthouse at Ravanna was never used for its built purpose and the town became one of Kansas' ghost towns.


Street scene, Ravanna, Kansas

Street scene, Ravanna, Kansas
Date: 1886
A copy of a lithograph showing a street scene in Ravanna, Kansas.


Town site, Ravanna, Kansas

Town site, Ravanna, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
This photograph shows the remaining buildings in Ravanna, Finney County, Kansas. It had a postmaster from 1886 through 1899.


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