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Souvenir folder of Camp Funston, Kansas, and the workman who built it

Bloom, Moses

This souvenir folder on Camp Funston includes a color photo of home of Major General Woods; a panoramic view of the camp on the Ft. Riley military reservation near Junction City, Kansas; a view of some of the troops, the first territorial capitol of Kansas; troops on a pontoon bridge; mounted troops; a panoramic photograph of the the civilian workers who built the camp; and the Union Pacific railroad station at Camp Funston. There is also a listing of the accomplishments of the first six months of the war. The facility, named after Brigadier General Frederick Funston, was one of sixteen divisional cantonment training camps built during World War I to house and train soldiers for military duty. Construction began in July of 1917 as approximately 15,000 carpenters built buildings in city block squares. The number of buildings estimated to have been erected at the camp were from 2,800 to 4,000 to accommodate the over 40,000 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 89 Division that were stationed at the facility. After the war, Camp Funston became a "mustering-out" center as soldiers prepared to return to civilian life. In 1924, the military decommissioned the 2,000 acre site and dismantled the buildings.


African American soldier

Emery, A. G.

Portrait of an unidentified African American soldier who served in the 9th Cavalry at Fort Riley, Kansas.


Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 309 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882

This stereograph shows buildings and grounds at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was taken in 1867 by Alexander Gardner, a protege of Civil War photographer Matthew Brady. During the Civil War, Gardner had become well-known for his portrayals of such battles as Antietam and Gettysburg. After the war, in 1867, he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad and consequently traveled through the state of Kansas. This image shows the fort from a distance. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Typing class, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

United States. Works Progress Administration

These soldiers are seated at typewriters learning to type, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as part of the Works Progress Administration's adult education program.


Enlisted men's barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Soldiers posed at the enlisted men's barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The soldiers are still wearing the Civil War type cap.


William Eugene Stanley

This sepia colored photograph shows William Eugene Stanley, (front row wearing a dark suit), during military maneuvers for the Kansas National Guard in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Stanley entered public office in 1871. In 1898, he is elected as the fifteenth governor of Kansas, a position he holds until 1903. Afterwards, he returns to Wichita, Kansas to practice law.


Game of billiards, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

This black and white photograph shows a group of soldiers gathered around a billiards table as a game is being played at the Fort Leavenworth barracks in Leavenworth, Kansas.


U.S. Air Force Band, Winfield, Kansas

U.S. Air Force Band at Strother Field, Winfield, Kansas.


William D. Matthews

This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows First Lieutenant William Dominick Matthews. He was a member of the Independent Battery, U.S. Colored Light Artillery, who served at Fort Leavenworth and helped protect eastern Kansas during Price's invasion in 1864. In addition, Matthews helped recruit many members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. Prior to the Civil War, Matthews ran a boarding house in Leavenworth, Kansas, that was used as part of the underground railroad. Assisted by Daniel R. Anthony, the brother of Susan B. Anthony, Matthews helped many Missouri slaves escape to Kansas and other "free" states. Mathews appears to be an alternate spelling of his surname.


Field artillery, Fort Leavenworth

A battery of field artillery at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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