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Minor Sod House

Picture of property SW 1/4, SW 1/4, NW 1/4, SW 1/4 S.20, T.5S, R. 36W
McDonald vicinity (Rawlins County)
Listed in National Register 2005-01-05

Architect: Not listed
Category: hotel; single dwelling; post office

Constructed circa 1907 by Samuel Dunlap, the Minor Sod House is a one-story house comprised of two sections. The main section is rectangular in plan and has 24-inch-thick sod walls. The secondary section is a small wood-frame lean-to that is attached on the east side. The exterior of the main section is covered with cement and the addition has a stucco covering. Tom Minor, who purchased the home about 1909, constructed the addition and repaired interior plasterwork. In addition to working as a farmer and rancher, he was a postmaster. The property was nominated for its architecture, method of construction, and for its association with rural development.



Ratcliff Real Estate Building, Butcher Shop, and Carriage House

Picture of property 412 State Street
Atwood (Rawlins County)
Listed in State Register 1990-02-24

Architect: Not listed
Category: business; financial institution; specialty store; secondary structure

Located on State Street in Atwood, the Ratcliff Real Estate Buildings include a two-story frame building (circa 1887), a one-story frame building (circa 1880s) and a one-story carriage house (circa 1887). The one-story building and carriage house stand behind the two-story building, which helped settle Rawlins County. Established in 1887 by John and Wilfred Ratcliff, the complex was the center of much activity in relation to the Ratcliff Real Estate office. Their office was a point of contact for inquiring buyers of real estate. The complex was nominated for its association with community and county development.



Shirley Opera House

Picture of property 503 Main Street
Atwood (Rawlins County)
Listed in National Register 2007-01-16

Architect: Not listed
Category: restaurant

The Shirley Opera House, constructed in 1907, was nominated as part of the "Historic Theaters and Opera Houses of Kansas" multiple property listing for its association with local entertainment and social history and for its architecture. The opera house is red brick and is an example of Late Victorian-era commercial block construction. Its public space was utilized for performances and gatherings, such as traveling road shows, musicals, dances, and political rallies. Construction of the building coincided with the building of the Rawlins County Courthouse, the creation of permanent sidewalks, and the establishment of a public waterworks in Atwood.



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