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Cooper Hall

Picture of property North Broadway
Sterling (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 1974-05-03

Architect: William Gall
Category: college



Little Arkansas River Crossing

Picture of property NE Intersection, Avenue P & 30th Road
Windom (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 2014-04-05

Architect: N/A
Category: transportation

The Little Arkansas River Crossing site is located in Rice County, approximately five miles southwest of Windom. Being on the main route of the Santa Fe Trail, 90 miles west of Council Grove, the Little Arkansas River was crossed by most trail traffic, including military traffic. William Becknell initiated trade with Santa Fe in 1821 and most likely crossed the Little Arkansas River at this site that year. Certainly, though, this crossing was used from the initiation of wagon traffic over the trail in 1822 to the advancement of the railroad to Junction City in 1866. Travelers bound for Santa Fe would take the train to Junction City then continue southwest along the Butterfield Overland Despatch route to Fort Ellsworth, then southwest on a connecting road to Fort Zarah, where they resumed the main trail. This new route from Junction City spelled the end of long-distance trail traffic east of Fort Zarah (near present-day Great Bend). The nominated site contains two trail swales and a monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1929. The property was nominated as part of the "Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail" in the areas of commerce, transportation, and social history.



Lyons Carnegie Library Building

Picture of property 105 West Lyon
Lyons (Rice County)
Listed in State Register 1987-02-21

Architect: Not listed
Category: library



Lyons High School aka Lyons Middle School

Picture of property 401 S. Douglas Avenue
Lyons (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 2005-06-09

Architect: Mann and Company
Category: school



Malone Archeological Site

Picture of property Address Restricted
Lyons (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 1972-06-26

Architect: Not listed
Category: archaeological site; village site



Petroglyph Site 14RC11

Picture of property Address Restricted
Little River (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 1982-07-09

Architect: Not applicable
Category: work of art

This is one of 30 American Indian rock art sites located in the state of Kansas. The majority of the sites are located in four counties in the central part of the state. Smaller numbers are located in southeast and southwestern Kansas. These sites have examples of anthropomorphic figures and human-like forms, animals and animal-like forms, geometric designs, straight lines, and grooves. Several styles of anthropomorphic petroglyphs have been recognized. Previous analysis of a fraction of this rock art indicates it is the product of Indian tribes inhabiting Kansas during the protohistoric and historic periods of circa AD 1541 to AD 1870.



Rice County Courthouse

Picture of property 101 West Commercial Street
Lyons (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 2002-04-26

Architect: James Holland and Son
Category: courthouse



Santa Fe Trail - Rice County Segment 1 (Ralph's & Kerns' Ruts)

Picture of property Bushton Blacktop (FAS Hwy. 570), 3/4 mi North of US56, Chase vicinity
Chase (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 1995-05-11

Architect: N/A
Category: road-related

William Becknell initiated trade with Santa Fe in 1821 and most likely passed over this section of the trail in that year. Certainly, though, this portion of the trail was used from the initiation of wagon traffic over the trail in 1822 to the advancement of the railroad through central Kansas in 1867. These rutted remains were an important component of the commerce and transportation network that developed. These ruts were traversed by caravans that undertook that portion of the trail from Cow Creek in the east to the Big Bend of the Arkansas River to the west - two popular overnight camping grounds. This portion of the trail performed important freighting transportation functions. With the location of Fort Zarah to the west of the site and several other forts further along the trail itself, much of their freight probably traversed this site. This trail segment was nominated for its national significance in the areas of commerce, transportation, and military. It is also eligible for its potential to yield important information related to the stretch of trail between the Little Arkansas Crossings and Fort Zarah. A portion of the ruts (known as Ralph's Ruts) were listed in the National Register on May 11, 1995. The boundary was expanded to include Kerns' Ruts, which was approved by the NPS on July 17, 2013.



Santa Fe Trail - Rice County Segment 2 (Fry's Ruts)

Picture of property Avenue P near 30th Road
Little River (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 2013-08-06

Architect: N/A
Category: transportation

The Santa Fe Trail - Rice County Segment 2, also known as Fry's Ruts, is a 13-acre remnant of the main route of the trail, which was active from 1821 until 1880, though the association of this site with the trail ends in 1866 with the coming of the railroad. This trail remnant was associated with the Little Arkansas River crossings about one mile northeast of this site. As the trail approached the river from the east, it split into two branches four miles to the east of the crossing; the branches converged a little over one mile southwest of the crossing, immediately west of this site. This split of the main route was most likely due to the condition of the two crossings at the river, which were one-quarter mile apart. Scouts would ride ahead to determine which crossing was safest and least difficult to cross and direct the caravan accordingly. This site is nationally significant under Criteria A and D for its association with the transportation and commerce along the Santa Fe Trail and for its potential to yield important archeological information. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail" multiple property nomination.



Santa Fe Trail - Rice County Segment 3 (Swanson's Swales)

Picture of property Restricted
Little River (Rice County)
Listed in National Register 2013-08-06

Architect: N/A
Category: transportation

The Santa Fe Trail - Rice County Segment 3, also known as Swanson's Swales, is a 7.5-acre remnant of the main route of the trail, which was active from 1821 until 1880, though the association of this site with the trail ends in 1866 with the coming of the railroad. This trail remnant was associated with the Little Arkansas River crossings to the west of this site. As the trail approached the river from the east, it split into two branches four miles to the east of the crossing; the branches converged a little over one mile southwest of the crossing. This split of the main route was most likely due to the condition of the two crossings at the river, which were one-quarter mile apart. Scouts would ride ahead to determine which crossing was safest and least difficult to cross and direct the caravan accordingly. This site is nationally significant under Criteria A and D for its association with the transportation and commerce along the Santa Fe Trail and for its potential to yield important archeological information. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail" multiple property nomination.



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