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Apr 12

1885 Kansas Promotional Booklet

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:08 PM by Bill Sowers

During the late 1800s Kansas became a prime destination for immigrants seeking a new life in the New World... and Kansas was not shy promoting itself as a prime destination!

On exhibit this week in the virtual library of the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library is a wonderful booklet published by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture in 1885 promoting Kansas as a desired location for both internal and external immigrants.

The booklet is 48 pages of "You name it, we got it in Kansas" information on agriculture, railroads, climate, minerals, history, landscape, cities, commerce and other facts that would wow any 19th century reader. 

But wait!!!  There's more!!!  Also included is detailed information on public lands available to prospective settlers.  What more could you ask for?  Who needs mountains or a beach.  Come to Kansas!

You can view this document at the State Library's KGI Online Library, not next week, not tomorrow... but NOW!!!  Internet access is open!  Online copies are available for viewing!  Click Nooooooow!  The first 100 viewers will receive our undying gratitude!

Kansas : a brief account of its geographical position, dimensions, topography, railroads, manufactures and mineral resources; agricultural and miscellaneous statistics for 1883 and 1884, together with a sketch of its growth and development in population, wealth and agriculture from 1860; statements relating to vacant public lands, and how to obtain them; and the meteorology for the first quarter of 1885
(The title is almost as long as the book!)