Curious Outbuildings

Curious Outbuildings (HMXEH)

Location: Strong City, KS 66869 Chase County
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N 38° 26.03', W 96° 33.502'

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Stephen F. Jones spared no expense in the construction of his Spring Hill Ranch outbuildings.

The Flint Hills provided the main building materials for both the house and outbuildings - high quality limestone quarried and hand cut here in Chase County.

Like today's garages, the carriage house, the small building with the wooden doors, protected a carriage or buggy from the prairie sun, wind, rain and snow. Next to the carriage house stands an unusual chicken house - even the poultry on the Spring Hill Ranch had substantial limestone quarters! The combination of the arched, sod covered roof and thick stone walls provided insulation from extreme prairie temperatures. The attached open front shed was an innovative covered scratch pen for the chickens.

The Ice House on top of the hill is another lavish features of the ranch. Large blocks of ice cut in winter from a nearby stream or pond were carefully insulated with straw or sawdust, providing the luxury of ice into the summer months.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 11:09am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 713114 N 4256775
Decimal Degrees38.43383333, -96.55836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 26.03', W 96° 33.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 26' 1.80" N, 96° 33' 30.12" W
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Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-303 Unnamed Road, Strong City KS 66869, US
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