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Cottonwood Ranch - Our collections

Wash house at Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site, StudleyCottonwood Ranch tells the stories of the Pratt family who moved from Yorkshire, England, to settle on the High Plains. Here they established a sheep ranch. John Fenton Pratt was also a photographer who documented life in Sheridan County.

Collections on exhibit

Items in the collections include the buildings:

  • Cottonwood Ranch, construction began in 1885
  • Shearing shed
  • Bunkhouse/storage shed
  • Wash house

Online collections

Hilda Pratt at Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site, StudleyNearly 100 of John Fenton Pratt's original photographs were donated to the Kansas Historical Society.

Kansas Memory - our digital archives


Further reading

National Register - nomination for the site