Walton in Harvey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Turkey Red Wheat
Children in Russia hand-picked the first seeds of this famous winter wheat for Kansas. They belonged to Mennonite Colonies preparing to emigrate from the steppes to the America prairies. A peace-loving sect, originally from Holland, the Mennonites had gone to the Crimea from Prussia in 1790 when Catherine the Great offered free lands, military exemption and religious freedom. They prospered until these privileges were threatened in 1871. Three years later they emigrated to Kansas, where the Santa Fe R.R. offered thousands of acres on good terms in McPherson, Harvey, Marion & Reno counties, and where the legislature passed a bill which exempted religious objectors from military service. Within a month after landing in New York the Mennonites planted the red~gold grains their children had selected. The harvest was the first of the great crops of hard Turkey Red and its derivatives that have made Kansas the Granary of the Nation.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 61.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kansas Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 7.363′ N, 97° 15.03′ W. Marker is in Walton, Kansas, in Harvey County. Marker is on U.S. 50, on the left when traveling east. Marker is at the northeast end of a roadside rest area/park, about 0.4 miles northeast of the intersection of US Hwy 50 and Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walton KS 67151, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Trails (approx. 5.9 miles away); Coastal Defense Cannon (approx. 7.1 miles away); Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880 (approx. 7.1 miles away); Unknown Dead of the Civil War (approx. 7.1 miles away); Railroad Savings and Loan Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); 1871 Water Well Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Newton Carnegie Library (approx. 7˝ miles away); Bernhard Warkentin (approx. 7˝ miles away).
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Also see . . .
1. Turkey Wheat: The Cornerstone of an Empire (Submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Turkey Red Wheat Palace. (Submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Culture of Wheat in Kansas. (Submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.