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Seneca in Nemaha County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Seneca Post Office

 
 
The Seneca Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
1. The Seneca Post Office Marker
Inscription.
Seneca, in 1938, was a city awakening from the Great Depression; the construction of a new post office was a sign that things were improving. This Colonial Revival building is noteworthy for its lobby mural painted in 1940 under a New Deal arts program.

The impressive mural called "Men and Wheat" was painted by Joe Jones, a struggling 30-year old Missouri artist. It shows a Nemaha County farm scene with a tractor and combine harvesting wheat. After it was installed, the Seneca International Harvester dealer complained that the green painted equipment depicted was an advertisement for his rival, John Deere Company. To settle matters, the artist repainted the combine "Harvester Red" and painted his own name as a logo on the green tractor.

Today, works by Joe Jones are part of collections in major art museums across the nation and at the White House in Washington, DC.

The Seneca Post Office mural is on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by City of Seneca and Kansas Humanities Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 39° 50.066′ N, 96° 3.883′ W. Marker is in Seneca, Kansas, in Nemaha
The Seneca Post Office and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
2. The Seneca Post Office and Marker
Marker is to right of light pole, next to entrance steps
County. Marker is on Main Street near 6th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 Main Street, Seneca KS 66538, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seneca Free Library (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buggy Store (about 400 feet away); The Railroads (about 600 feet away); The First National Bank (about 600 feet away); War Memorial (about 700 feet away); World War Memorial (about 700 feet away); The Smith Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seneca.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seneca, Kansas, Post Office National Register Nomination. (Submitted on May 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas New Deal Post Office Art. (Submitted on May 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Main Street Historic District, Seneca KS. (Submitted on March 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureArts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
Mural on The Seneca Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joe Jones, 1940
3. Mural on The Seneca Post Office Marker
"Men and Wheat" Mural in Seneca Post Office Lobby image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 11, 2013
4. "Men and Wheat" Mural in Seneca Post Office Lobby
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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