Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Stephen F. Jones spared no expense in the construction of his Spring Hill Ranch outbuildings.
The Flint Hills provided the main building materials for both the house and outbuildings - high quality limestone quarried and hand cut here in Chase County.
Like today's garages, the carriage house, the small building with the wooden doors, protected a carriage or buggy from the prairie sun, wind, rain and snow. Next to the carriage house stands an unusual chicken house - even the poultry on the Spring Hill Ranch had substantial limestone quarters! The combination of the arched, sod covered roof and thick stone walls provided insulation from extreme prairie temperatures. The attached open front shed was an innovative covered scratch pen for the chickens.
The Ice House on top of the hill is another lavish features of the ranch. Large blocks of ice cut in winter from a nearby stream or pond were carefully insulated with straw or sawdust, providing the luxury of ice into the summer months.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 26.03′ N, 96° 33.502′ W. Marker is in Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas, in Chase County. Marker is on the grounds of the former Spring Hill Ranch headquarters, off Kansas Highway 177, about 2.5 miles north of Strong City. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Strong City KS 66869, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prairie for the People (a few steps from this marker); Spring Hill Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Little Barn on the Prairie (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Prairie (within shouting distance of this marker); Vital Necessities (within shouting distance of this marker); Back to Basics (approx. half a mile away); W.B. Strong Memorial Railroad Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); Strong City (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Also see . . . Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. (Submitted on November 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 16 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on November 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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