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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Vital Necessities

 
 
Vital Necessities Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2011
1. Vital Necessities Marker
Inscription.
The raised concrete slab behind the house covers a combination storm and root cellar, accessible from a lower level of the house. It is said that Mrs. Jones "feared tornadoes and took extreme precautions against them." This underground chamber also maintained the proper temperature and humidity for storing fruits and vegetables through the winter. The structure closest to the house is thought to be a curing house where meats were preserved by pickling or curing or simply a summer kitchen. Beneath the curing house, food was kept in an underground spring house where cold spring water ran through a trough providing year-round refrigeration.

Numerous springs in the Flint Hills provided water to settlers and ranchers. Mr. Jones named his Spring Hill Ranch after this vital necessity.

The outhouse, seen to the left of the smoke house, was another vital necessity. The Spring Hill outhouse was more solidly built than most homes of the period - and it was a three-holer!
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 26.062′ N, 96° 33.477′ W. Marker is in Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas, in Chase County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the former Spring Hill Ranch headquarters,
Vital Necessities Buildings and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2011
2. Vital Necessities Buildings and Marker
off Kansas Highway 177, about 2.5 miles north of Strong City. Marker is in this post office area: Strong City KS 66869, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Curious Outbuildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Spring Hill Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Prairie for the People (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Prairie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Little Barn on the Prairie (about 300 feet away); Back to Basics (approx. 0.4 miles away); W.B. Strong Memorial Railroad Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); Strong City (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
 
Also see . . .  Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. (Submitted on November 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Curing Room Interior image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2011
3. Curing Room Interior
Outhouse's 3-hole Interior image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2011
4. Outhouse's 3-hole Interior
Spring Hill Ranchhouse's Substantial Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2011
5. Spring Hill Ranchhouse's Substantial Outhouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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