Homestead of a Genius

Homestead of a Genius (HM1635)

Location: Beeler, KS 67518 Ness County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 27.037', W 100° 11.985'

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A mile and half south is a quarter section of land originally homesteaded by George Washington Carver. An African American and one of America's great scientists, Carver revolutionized agriculture in the South with his discoveries. From sweet potatoes and peanuts alone, he made paint, soap, wallboard, milk substitute, medicines, cosmetics, and some 500 other products.

Born in Missouri around 1864, Carver came to Kansas in 1878 seeking an education. He lived first in Fort Scott, and later in Olathe, Paola, and Highland. In 1880 he joined friends to homestead near Minneapolis where he attended high school. In 1886 Carver moved to Ness County. After deciding on the land that he wished to homestead, he built a sod house and occupied it while working his claim.

Carver eventually left to pursue a college degree in Iowa. In 1896 after he completed his master's degree in agriculture, Carver joined the faculty of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama where he spent more than 40 years teaching and researching.
HM NumberHM1635
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Marker Number79
Placed ByKansas State Historical Society and Kansas Department of Transportation
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 395311 N 4256495
Decimal Degrees38.45061667, -100.19975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 27.037', W 100° 11.985'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 27' 2.22" N, 100° 11' 59.10" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5072-5080 County Rd 523, Beeler KS 67518, US
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