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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Harvey County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Harvey County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Harvey County, KS (29) Butler County, KS (31) Marion County, KS (31) McPherson County, KS (62) Reno County, KS (34) Sedgwick County, KS (131)  HarveyCounty(29) Harvey County (29)  ButlerCounty(31) Butler County (31)  MarionCounty(31) Marion County (31)  McPhersonCounty(62) McPherson County (62)  RenoCounty(34) Reno County (34)  SedgwickCounty(131) Sedgwick County (131)
Newton is the county seat for Harvey County
Adjacent to Harvey County, Kansas
      Butler County (31)  
      Marion County (31)  
      McPherson County (62)  
      Reno County (34)  
      Sedgwick County (131)  
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1 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — Carnegie Library
This building is the gift of Andrew Carnegie to the People of Halstead A.D. 1917 ——————————— In honor of all the volunteers who helped during the 1993 Floods in . . . Map (db m81283) HM
2 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — Civil War Memorial
Dedicated to the Soldiers who so bravely offered their all to preserve the Union of States, 1861 to 1865 Decorated in memory of our comrades who sleep in the Unknown, peacefully awaiting the call to the Parade . . . Map (db m77110) WM
3 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — Halstead Santa Fe Depot1917
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m81269) HM
4 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — Lt. Eldo "Pop" SteeleIn Loving Memory
Trees and plaque donated by World War II Buddies of 310th Inf. 78th (Lightning) Div. Co. I, the Steele Family, and Many Friends.Map (db m81270) WM
5 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — Scout Park
Originally owned by the Halstead Town Company, Block 28 was officially designated a city park by the City of Halstead in 1891. The Scout Cabin was built for the Halstead scout groups in 1941 by the Halstead Lions Club with the generous support . . . Map (db m76937) HM
6 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — Sweezy House
Site of the first public building in Halstead, Kansas Erected in March 1873 by G. W. Sweezy It was a two story frame building 32 feet by 42 feet used as a commercial hotel and known as The Sweezy Hotel After fifty nine years of use, the . . . Map (db m81281) HM
7 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — The Horse and Buggy Doctor
"The Great American Home is that institution in which it is possible for the child to grow to maturity under conditions created and maintained for the good of the child." Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler 1870 - . . . Map (db m81267) HM
8 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — The Old Hardware Store
This stone building was erected in 1879 after a disastrous fire wiped out many frame buildings on Main Street. Bergtholdt had a farm implement agency in the south section until 1885. That year Henry Riesen and David Dyck opened a hardware store. . . . Map (db m81279) HM
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9 Kansas, Harvey County, Halstead — War Memorial
In Memoriam World War II Carl F. Dill • Claude H. Beaty • Marlin N. Wilson Wilbur D. Robuck • Charles C. Spore • Vernon H. Buller Marvin E. Lohmeyer • Leland F. Wendling Elmer E. Rodenberg • William Hoffman Jr. Orville D. Bansemer • . . . Map (db m81268) WM
10 Kansas, Harvey County, Hesston — Hesston
In the 1870s this area was settled by people with diverse backgrounds who shared the promise of the land. With an influx of those of Mennonite faith and the railroad's birth in the 1880s, success of the town was very likely. Hesston's name honors . . . Map (db m170407) HM
11 Kansas, Harvey County, Hesston — Pioneer Trails
Chisholm Trail Beaten hard by the hoofs of millions of Longhorns coming from as far as southern Texas between the years of 1867 to 1871 this trail wound northward approximately one half mile east of here. In one year alone over 600,000 cattle . . . Map (db m61102) HM
12 Kansas, Harvey County, Hesston — The Hesston Hardware Building
Plaque on front of building at 100 N. Main St. This is the oldest building still standing in the business row on Main Street. It was built in 1887 just after the town was officially organized. This building housed the first post office in . . . Map (db m170410) HM
13 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — 1871 Water Well Memorial
Santa Fe engineers were surveying and platting the Newton town site on Section 17 in March 1871. Captain David L. Payne, state legislator from this district, and other early settlers saw the urgent need for domestic drinking water. Captain Payne . . . Map (db m56891) HM
14 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Anderson Book and Office Supply
Five generations of the Anderson family have operated Newton's oldest retail business for over 100 years on Main Street. Founder Phillip Murray Anderson began his business in 1892 selling newspapers on Santa Fe trains. In 1894 he opened a newsstand . . . Map (db m166282) HM
15 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Bernhard Warkentin
This Victorian house was built for Bernhard and Wilhelmina Warkentin in 1886-87. Bernhard was born in 1847 in the Mennonite village of Altonau, Ukraine. His father was a prominent miller. In 1872 he came to the U.S. to find new land. His letters . . . Map (db m56848) HM
16 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Coastal Defense CannonA Civil War Memorial
This cannon used in coastal defense during the Civil War was secured through the efforts of Judson Kilpatrick st No. 36, G.A.R. and Congressman Chester I. Long. Presented to Mayor George W. Young for City of Newton by Hon. J. G. Wood, Topeka, on . . . Map (db m56919) HM WM
17 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — First Presbyterian Church
Twenty persons met in a vacant store on the east side of Main, midway between Sixth and Broadway, on July 7, 1872 to hear a sermon and to organize one of Newton's oldest Protestant churches. On March 25, 1875 the cornerstone was laid for a new . . . Map (db m166220) HM
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18 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park
In 1879 John Jacob Krehbiel (1838-1921), his wife Anna Leisy Krehbiel (1845-1923) and their children came to Newton from Denmark, Iowa. With George L. Epps, he purchased the Angood Blacksmith Shop at 128 E. 6th. In 1883 Krehbiel bought the business . . . Map (db m166406) HM
19 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Mennonite Settler
The "Mennonite Settler," designed and sculpted by artist Max Nixon (1915-2000), was dedicated by the City of Newton September 10, 1942. Funding came from citizens of Newton, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Works Progress Administration . . . Map (db m53494) HM
20 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Midland National Bank
Midland National Bank opened March 3, 1893 in a building located on the northeast corner of Fifth and Main. Grant Hornaday was the bank's president, J.H. McNair, vice-president and Don Kinney, cashier. The bank purchased this site in 1896 for $6000 . . . Map (db m166216) HM
21 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Newton Carnegie Library
On April 15, 1903 construction began on this site. The Cottonwood stone, red brick facade and Ionic columns combined to provide a striking addition to Main Street Newton. The two story building was designed by W.W. Rose, and constructed by Reikowski . . . Map (db m56851) HM
22 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Ragsdale Opera House1885-1915
The Ragsdale Opera House served as Newton's main center of entertainment for nearly 30 years. The grand opening was held on December 8, 1885, featuring Barney McCauley in the comedy Uncle Dan. Under constructions since May 29, 1884, it was completed . . . Map (db m166215) HM
23 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Railroad Savings and Loan Building1925
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m53503) HM
24 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880Pride of the Prairie • Work Horse of the Plains — Prairie (2-6-2) Type —
Donated to the City of Newton by the Santa Fe Nov. 18, 1955. Engine 1880 and 86 other Prairie type engines built in 1906-1907 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. They were used in various types of service for 46 years which was a longer period of . . . Map (db m56922) HM
25 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — The Harvey County Courthouse
The first Harvey County Courthouse on this site was a three story red brick structure in the modified Romanesque Revival style dominated by a tall clock tower. Bedford stone highlighted the exterior with marble lining the interior hallways. J.C. . . . Map (db m166218) HM
26 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — The Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge No. 142 was organized in 1873 with Samuel Saylor appointed master. The first meeting was held in the new schoolhouse using boxes for the altar and jewels made of tin. Early members included Muse, Peters, Munger, Spivey, Lynch, Neal, . . . Map (db m166283) HM
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27 Kansas, Harvey County, Newton — Unknown Dead of the Civil War
Erected to the memory of The Unknown Dead 1861 - 1865Map (db m53507) WM
28 Kansas, Harvey County, Sedgwick — Purple Heart Trail in Kansas"Freedom Isn't Free" — Dedicated to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Wounded or Killed in Action —
On 13 May 2003, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, proclaimed the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System in Kansas, as the "Purple Heart Trail." This trail memorializes those heroic service members who have had the Purple Heart medal bestowed on them . . . Map (db m56916) HM WM
29 Kansas, Harvey County, Walton — 61 — 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 . . . Map (db m53056) HM
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Dec. 9, 2023