Cottonwood Ranch

The Pratt family established a working sheep ranch on the high plains in the late 19th century. They would leave a legacy that includes unique stone structures and a large photograph collection. The fascinating story begins in Yorkshire, England, and continues. Abraham Pratt (1827-1901), came to America as a young man, arriving in California duringContinue reading “Cottonwood Ranch”

Nicodemus, Kansas

“Go to Kansas” Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the “Promised Land” of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement westContinue reading “Nicodemus, Kansas”