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Boomer camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas

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Creator: Mitchell & DeGroff

Date: Between 1886 and 1889

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: FK2.C10 A.66 *6

Unit ID: 213828

Summary: This sepia colored photograph shows a "boomer" camp on the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City, Kansas. The "boomers" were white settlers who were attempting to settle in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Some of the "boomers" would camp near the Kansas and Oklahoma border waiting to enter the territory to claim land that had not been assigned to Indian Tribes. Many of the settlers believed that the unassigned land was in the public domain under the Homestead Act of 1862.

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Title (Main title): Boomer camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas


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