Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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,
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 Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
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