Holy Ground, Healing Water
Cultural Landscapes at Waconda Lake, Kansas
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
Series: Environmental History Series
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There is never enough room to credit all of the people who have contributed to a volume like this. Still, there are a few that I would be ashamed not to mention. They are: Bob Blasing and Bill Chada of the Bureau of Reclamation, Craig Miner from the Department of History at Wichita State University, Mary Nelson in the Special Collections at Ablah Library, ...
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When we face the past, we pick out from the endless string of days certain ones to mark the passing of one era and the beginning of another. Sometimes we remember the precise day—the fourth of July in 1776—sometimes just the year—1066 or 1492. I would like to offer a new date for consideration: July 6, 1870. On that day, a Mr. Charles DeRudio ...
2. Native Americans at Waconda Lake
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The natural landscape around what is now Waconda Lake began to take form deep in geological time, long before humans came on the scene. All of the bedrock in the region is Cretaceous in age, dating to about one hundred million years ago, but within that time frame there is an east-to-west progression from older to younger deposits...
3. Tracing the Pawnee Trail
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There once was a network of Native American trails that crisscrossed the Great Plains. These pathways in turn were a segment of a much larger web that covered the North American continent. Most of the trails were old in 1492, and features that they shared made them important to later travelers. Explorers, traders, and army expeditions all followed them, and ...
4. The Pawnee Trail in Regional History
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The far- reaching influence that native trails have exerted on the course of the history of the continent has gone largely unrecognized. The truth is that European settlers entered a landscape that had been modified for millennia by Native Americans. That landscape affected much of their behavior from the time that Pilgrims in Massachusetts...
5. Holy Ground
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In this chapter, we will be examining a kind of geography for which our modern, mostly secular lives do not prepare us. It is a geography based on a very different cosmology than ours, and it is a geography in which features of the landscape have varying degrees of sacredness and morals to teach. This is not to say that we do not have our own sacred places, but ...
6. Creating the Post Rock Landscape
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Warfare was an occasional part of life in this part of the world for at least two thousand years. During Solomon River phase times, raiding seems to have been a part of life all across the central Plains. Scalping marks and club wounds on skulls, decapitation, and trophies made from skulls are found.1 And in the succeeding Oneota expansion, warfare seems to have ...
7. Healing Water
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Attempts at Euro- American settlement of the Glen Elder area began in the 1860s, but it was in 1870 that settlement began in earnest. In that year Charles C. DeRudio, lieutenant in command of Company G, U.S. Seventh Cavalry, under the provisions of the Preemption Act, purchased the quarter section that contained Waconda Spring for $200. He created a dugout and excavated a well there.1 As we have seen, DeRudio and his ...
8. Lincoln Camp
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A short distance above the mouth of Oak Creek stood an enormous grove of trees from which the creek took its name. It extended from just north of the modern highway to beyond the boundaries of the federal property. After the land was homesteaded by a Mr. William Belk, the grove became known as Belk’s Grove...
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The great transformation that has been the subject of this book started with Charles C. DeRudio (n
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Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 19 b&w photos. 19 maps. 3 tables.
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Environmental History Series