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Diary, Franklin L. Crane
Author: Crane, Franklin L.
Date: February 23, 1855 - September 29, 1856

The entries pertaining to Kansas Territory began on page 18, with Franklin Crane leaving his home in Easton, Pennsylvania with his son, Franklin Jr. He described their journey to Kansas and their initial impressions and travels while in the territory. In June 1855, he returned to Easton to sell his property so he could then return to Kansas. The later entries began in September of 1856 and described tensions in Topeka with efforts to build a fort and rumors of armed Missourians in the area.

Keywords: Border ruffians; Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915; Crane, Franklin Loomis; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Easton, Pennsylvania; Geary County, Kansas; Geary, John White, 1819-1873; Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Lecompton, Kansas Territory; Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Pawnee, Kansas Territory; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Tecumseh, Kansas Territory; Topeka Association; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Town shares; Travel; Updegraff, E.; Weather

Journal of Franklin Loomis Crane
Author: Crane, Franklin L.
Date: January 16, 1856 - March 29, 1857

This journal, compiled by Franklin Loomis Crane, details the workings of the Topeka Association during 1856 and 1857. The trustees of the association appointed him chairman and businessman of the association. Some entries are mainly composed of the minutes from town association meetings, while others are listings of those settlers who applied for town lots. Crane also writes of his daily work for the association, including tidbits about the weather, etc.

Keywords: Account books; Business enterprises; Crane, Franklin Loomis; Dickey, Milton C.; Farnsworth, Loring; Streets; Topeka Association; Topeka, Kansas; Town associations; Town lots; Town promotion

Photograph, Franklin Loomis Crane
Author: Phillips, Wendell
Date: undated

Franklin Crane was a prominent citizen in Topeka, Kansas Territory. He was a member of the Topeka Association and he helped to build the first bridge across the Kansas River from Topeka. He also established the Topeka Cemetery and served as director of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad beginning in 1860. This picture was most likely taken after the territorial period.

Keywords: Businessmen; Cartes de visite; Crane, Franklin Loomis; Photographs and Illustrations; Topeka Association; Topeka bridge; Topeka, Kansas

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