Sunday, August 11, 2019

The disappearing family farms of Kansas

The disappearing Kansas landscape,
old farm steads that once dotted the Kansas prairie
are slowly disappearing, What was once the life blood of the Kansas Farmer
has now been abandon and forgotten
Houses that once was the backbone of the family, the barns that housed the animals and stored the hay and grain are disappearing from the Kansas prairie, Long time forgotten and left for mother nature to reclaim as her own.
One could travel almost any back road in Kansas and find these great old Farms, only now to find they have been torn down or the earth has reclaimed them.


Monday, July 8, 2019

The Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum Pawhuska, Oklahoma


The Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum Pawhuska, Oklahoma 


The Ben Johnson Memorial Museum 
celebrated their Grand Opening yesterday. 06-13-2019
Although we didn't make the opening ceremony
it was a good time.

There is a lot of old west history on display
they have everything displayed very nicely.


There is wonderful collection 
of Western Art including
Numerous bronze Statues 



A small collection 
of vintage Winchester Rifles



Displays honoring 
Prominent Lawmen
of Osage County


This collection of cowboy hats represent 
4 generations of Osage county Ranchers


This is what a ranch chuck wagon
probably looked like on the cattle Drive


A collection of Saddles from 
Prominent Cattle Ranchers of Osage county




A small display about the still
unsolved Mullendore Murder from 1970
This display has  a personal item that 
Belonged to Chub Anderson the primary
Suspect in the unsolved Murder Case  






The original food truck
 The chuck wagon



Life size bust of Ben Johnsom


Doors from a Prison in the Oklahoma Territory 



The next time you visit Pawhuska Ok.
be
sure to drop in tell them howdy
When you Leave Pawhuska
be sure to head North and Drive trhu the
Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
where you will see Large herds of free roaming Buffalo  


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Upper Timber Creek School Photographs of a time gone by Atlanta Kansas

Upper Timber Creek School Photographs of a time gone by, Atlanta Kansas

Located in far East Part of Cowley County

this school severed the community for a number of years
This is the school that my Dad, Jay Peterson attended a long with his 
Older Sister Nadine (Peterson) Brotemarkle and his Twin Brother Joe Peterson

Upper Timber Creek School


I don't know much about the school,
My cousin was telling me about it so I decided to drive to Atlanta
and find it. 
It was located East of Atlanta and sat next to a church
I have since heard that the building was torn down.

It was In bad repair when I was there in 2011.
Here are some photographs I took of the Old school Building

Upper Timber Creek School

Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas






Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas
Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas

Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas
Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas








Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas
Upper Timber Creek School House Cowley Country Kansas

According to My Cousin 
This is the old house where My dad and his family lived 
back  when he was a child






Some where during our search we came across 
this old stone ached  bridge 
it is one of many located thru out Cowley County Kansas


old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas
old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas

old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas
old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas

old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas
old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas

old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas
old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas

old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas
old stone arched  bridge Eastern Cowley County Kansas

Well that's all for now As I find Additional material I will 
keep posting information.







Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Peru Kansas, Midland Brick Factory


Midland Brick company

Midland Brick Company Peru Kansas

 This gem is East of Peru Kansas 
One  can see a very small portion
of this great plant from hwy 166 
it is private property
with no trespassing
I know the owner and obtained permission 

Located in Chicago Ill. the Sprawling Field Museum 
Should be of particular interest to Residents of Peru Kansas
and the people of Chautauqua County.

The exhibit is a roofing tile. The descriptive card is inscribed
"The finest Tile in the world.
Made in Peru Kansas.

The factory is nothing but a bunch of old brick structures
 that have fallen into total dis-repair over the years.


There are trees growing taller up thru that are
 taller than the  building themselves 

It all started around 1904 when oil was discovered 
resulting and major oils boom.
according  then postmaster Helena Anderson










Around 1905 an Eastern developer Started the brick and Tile Plant

There was a time in the early years the streets in town of Peru were
paved in brick, from the plant.


Sometime in the early 1920's, 
Spanish -Mission type architecture became popular.

A company out of Chicago bought the 
plant and made nothing but roofing tile to meet the growing demand.



There were more than 400 people working at the plant at one time 

Today the population is less than 120 people.



Mrs.Anderson continues"Then tastes began to change.
The tile roofed Spanish -Mission architecture went out of style and about 
1930 the company closed it's doors turn off the kilns and moved all of the equipment 
to another plant in Coffeyville, Kansas.


Ownership changed hands in 1945 

when the Joslin's purchased the property




My Camera of choice is the Cannon 60D Dslr
I have owned this camera since 2011 
have not had bit of trouble with it and 
I would  highly recommend it










































  This is a bridge that spans a man made canal 




The old smoke stack
Peru Brick factory






As I walked thru this property and witness the vast 
size of these building made me wish 
That I could turn back the clock
and see this as it was, not as it is.

this is truly a lost piece of South Kansas History.