Chrisman Collection

Harry E. Chrisman, former Liberal author and historian, donated a large collection of his writings, photographs, and other items to Liberal Memorial Library for the purpose of research. This database searches the contents of the Chrisman Collection.


Call No: P177-H1d1

Description: Blown area

Date of origin: 1957

Type: Print

Size: 5 1/16 x 7

Condition: Very Good


[back] “A “Blown” Area” – “They plowed up the Southwest Cattle Range … but the Kansas winds continued to blow.” No negative; Picture by H.E. Chrisman 1957 west of Liberal, Kansas
[note] Victim of the Plow Pioneer cattlemen told early settlers that it would be difficult to make a living by the plow on the arid southwest plains. But nothing could stop the tide of settlement. An Indian, looking at the plowed earth, grunted: “white man heap fool; turn earth upside down.” Though the wind has always blown over the southwest plains, causing “sandstorms,” it created small damage until the great plows turned the buffalo grass under. Then the earth began to move. Thousands of acres of land were rendered fit only for Soil Bank use. Some has been re-seeded to grass. This photo was taken in 1957 four miles west of Liberal, Kansas. Photo by Author. [Photo by Author. is underlined]


Miscellaneous Info.:

Picture is of a sand dune with plants on top of it.

Other Info.: Photo has tape on top back.

Related to:

Subject: cattle range, Indian, Kansas winds, plowing, sandstorms, Settlers, Southwest Plains,