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  Kansas pioneer staking his squatter claim, 1855
Author: Reader, Samuel James
Date: July 26, 1855

Samuel Reader painted this watercolor of himself staking a claim at Indianola. Reader moved to Kansas from Illinois in 1855, attracted by "rich, cheap farm land" (as stated in his autobiography). The inscription on the painting reads, "Samuel J. Reader. July 26, 1855." The artist drew many Kansas territorial and Civil War scenes.

Location of Original: KSHS/Kansas Museum of History Call Number: 1978.123.10, OA/Picture, Genre
Item Number: 102740 Number of images: 1
Keywords: Art; Artist; Daily life; Immigration (see Emigration and immigration); Indianola, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Land claims; Objects; Photographs and Illustrations; Reader, Samuel James; Settlement; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Squatters

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