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George W Martin
Steven C Haack
"If the Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise"
Title continues: "Flood Control and the Displaced Rural Communities of Irving and Broughton, Kansas." This study looks at the displacement of two Kansas towns and the residents involved, as a result of...
"When We First Come Here It All Looked Like Prairie Land Almost": Prairie Fire and Plains Settlement
The abstract to this article reads: "For centuries prairie fire was a formative environmental force on the Great Plains. In the nineteenth-century, however, Euro-Americans brought to the region dramatically...
'Even Since the Hanging of Oliphant'
Article on the instances of mob violence that occurred in Topeka, Kansas in the latter half of the 19th century. On June 5, 1889, an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people participating in the lynching of Nat...
A Conversation with . . . Michael Chesser
Brief interview with Michael Chesser, President and CEO of Great Plains Energy, a holding company that owns Kansas City Power and Light. Chesser discusses KCP&L's new comprehensive energy strategy, which...
A Little Place Getting Smaller
Article about Gove County, Kansas. With a declining population, it represents much of the Great Plains' rural communities. "While rural America in general saw a gain in population between 1990 and 2000,...
A Long Long Trail
Photo and biographical article about Martin Jones, government surveyor of the Santa Fe Trail in 1876 and Jackson County surveyor from 1854 to 1860, assisting in "lay[ing] out the city limits of Independence...
A Long, Hot Summer
Photo (of cracked earth in the Kansas City area), table (comparing downtown Kansas City daily high temperatures from 1936, 1980, and 1983), and article about "[t]he heat wave and drought of 1983" nearing...
And So to Bread!
Illustrations and article about the bread-making business in the Kansas City area involving the wheat production and flour milling of the Great Plains and Midwest as food for around the world. Also history...
Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Plains
//1858 (second edition 1950)
Mention of John Calvin McCoy as a buyer of a portion of "the 40 acre tract of Messrs. Ross & Scarrett [sic]," with "Mr. John W. Polk, of Independence."
Appendix: The Real Quivira
Story of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, or Francisco Coronado, and his failed Spanish military expedition to find and conquer the Great Plains region north of Mexico (including later Kansas Territory)...
Challenging Imperial Expectations
Article on the role of female homesteaders in the West, featuring a case study of Kansas settlers in Graham County, Kansas. At the height of westward expansion in the late 19th century, lawmakers struggled...
Charles Wimar: Indian Frontier Artist
Illustrations and biographical article about Charles Wimar (1828-1862), a Saint Louis "painter of what may be called the Indian frontier" in the 19th century. Native of Germany (born as Karl Ferdinand...
Cinema and the Kansas/Plains Past
Article is a survey of recent and past films that detail Kansas and Great Plains history in some way. "This year's selection of films vary in subject matter from those about territorial Kansas and Westerns...
Cowboy's Diary Reflects Hardship of Life on Plains
Photo and biographical article about Sam Hastings, "a Kansas cowboy, a horse-trading mule-skinning frontiersman in the best shoot-em-up tradition," growing up near Fort Leavenworth and becoming a Confederate...
Crossing the Great Plains: A Sesquicentennial Look at the 1847 Mormon Pioneer Trek West
Article "analyz[ing] the motives forcing the Mormons to venture west [from 1847 to 1897], observ[ing] several unique features that made the Mormon Trail experience different from that of other overland...
Crossing the Plains
Illustrations and article about the crossing of the Great Plains across Kansas along the Oregon Trail from western Missouri by Mrs. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, or Narcissa Whitman of New York with her husband...
Denbigh Station and Experimental Forest
Article on an experimental forest project in North Dakota operated by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration to look for solutions to the problems caused by drought and soil...
Douglass National Bank Sees Million-Dollar Deposits
May 4, 2004
Douglass National Bank is the area's only minority owned bank. Two more million-dollar deposits were recently made in the bank by Great Plains Energy and attorney Berry Laws III. Earlier, Sprint Corp....
Eastern Beads, Western Applications
Article on the uses and meanings of wampum among Native American tribes of the Great Plains. Beginning with the wampum traditions of the northeast, the author traces the spread of wampum westward. He argues...
Enemies and Friends: Zebulon Montgomery Pike and Facundo Melgares in the Competition for the Great Plains, 1806-1807
Article explores two historic explorations that happened around the same time. Zebulon Pike's expedition went across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains in 1806-07 and Facundo Melgares and his Spanish...
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