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First house built in Lawrence, Kansas

First house built in Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Lamon, W. H.
Date: between 1855 and 1858
The first house built in Lawrence, a log cabin, belonging to Clark Stearns (also known as Charles Stearns). It was located at 620 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Homesteads in Sheridan County, Kansas

Homesteads in Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
These are photographs of two unidentified farmsteads in Sheridan County. In the first photo, there is a frame barn with a fence. The house is built partly of sod. People are standing on the porch, one man is in the yard and two more men in front of the barn. Horse-drawn wagons are parked by the side of the sod house. In the second photo, a two-story house is shown with one story on the left and ridge extensions. Visible are an arched entry onto the porch and three chimneys. There is one windmill behind house and another by the barn. Pine trees are growing around the farmyard.

Mead family dugout in Ford County, Kansas

Mead family dugout in Ford County, Kansas
Date: 1906
In this photograph, the L.A. Mead family stands outside their dugout located one mile north of Bloom, Kansas. In the photograph is Esther, the mother of L. A. Mead, Carl Mead, Mina Mead, Elsie Mead, Mrs. L. A. Mead, and L. A. Mead. Kneeling in front is Mrs. S. R. Mead, Sister-in-Law to L. A. Mead and Edna Mead. Dugouts such as this, as well as sod houses, were common dwelling places on the high plains of Kansas due to the lack of wood and other natural resources. This family was fortunate enough to have glass windows, wood siding, and a stovepipe; these amenities would have been considered luxuries by many pioneers out west. A photograph of the interior of this dwelling can be found at unit ID 205534.

Rhees Singley's sod house

Rhees Singley's sod house
Date: 1870 ?
This is a view of Rhees Singley's sod house near Plains in Mead County, Kansas.

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