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Lone Star School, District 64

Picture of property Rural Route, 1 1/4 mile West of Bison Ave M
Bison Vicinity (Rush County)
Listed in National Register Jan 22, 2009

Architect: Mertz, Henry (Contractor)
Area of Significance: school; religious facility; clubhouse
Architectural Style(s): Other
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Built in 1879, the Lone Star School building is located on a one-acre plot west of Bison in rural Rush County. With help from the community, contractor Henry Mertz and carpenter Henry Rogers built the dual-purpose building for school activities during the week and church services on Sundays. Typical of early one-room schoolhouses, this limestone building features a simple rectangular form with a gable roof with little architectural ornamentation. A wood-frame vestibule was added to the front of the building in the early 20th century. Early schoolhouses like this are often classified as vernacular in style. Grades one through eight attended school here until 1947 when area school districts consolidated. The property, which includes a coal shed and outhouse, is nominated for its associations with early public education in Kansas and for its architectural significance as a good example of an early vernacular one-room schoolhouse. It is nominated as part of the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" Multiple Property Submission.

Miller Farmstead

Picture of property 2913 HWY 4
La Crosse (Rush County)
Listed in National Register Oct 17, 2012

Architect: unknown
Area of Significance: agricultural outbuilding; single dwelling; storage
Architectural Style(s): Vernacular; Other
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

Frank and Emma Seuser Miller established this farmstead east of La Crosse in 1881. Frank was an early settler in the area, arriving from Austria by way of New York, Wisconsin, and Missouri in 1876, just two years after Rush County had been organized. Emma's family arrived in 1877 from Wisconsin. Frank first lived on another homestead in Rush County and later claimed this land as a Timber Claim, and it was on the claim that they built their permanent house and farmstead. It developed into a subsistence farm with livestock and grain being produced. One of the more unique aspects of the Miller Farmstead is the number of buildings and structures that remain - 19 in all. With the exception of a windmill, nothing has been torn down or removed in the property's history. The farmstead has remained in the Miller family and is now owned by Frank and Emma's grandson Virgel Miller and his wife Kathryn. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Kansas" multiple property nomination.

Rush County Courthouse

Picture of property 715 Elm Street
LaCrosse (Rush County)
Listed in National Register Apr 13, 1972

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: courthouse
Architectural Style(s): Romanesque

Constructed in 1888-1889, the Rush County Courthouse is a two-story, red brick building with a limestone foundation. Designed by L.L. Levering and constructed by William R. Heaps, it is an example of Richardsonian Romanesque-style architecture. The main entrance is defined by a stone arch flanked by a southeast round tower and northeast square tower. It was nominated for its architecture.

Sand Creek Tributary Stone Arch Bridge

Picture of property 2 miles west, 1.4 miles north of La Crosse
La Crosse (Rush County)
Listed in National Register Apr 7, 2014

Architect: Work Projects Administration
Area of Significance: road-related
Architectural Style(s): Vernacular
Thematic Nomination: New Deal-era Resources of Kansas

The Sand Creek Tributary Stone Arch Bridge was constructed by local men employed by the Works Projects Administration in 1942. This double-arch limestone bridge was one of the last of several New Deal-era construction projects in Rush County. Its limestone construction is typical of structures built in this area and is representative of master stone builders and the craftsmanship of construction workers trained by the WPA. A tributary of Sand Creek flows beneath the bridge during seasonal rains, but remains mostly dry otherwise. The bridge is nominated as part of the "New Deal-Era Resources of Kansas" and "Masonry Arch Bridges of Kansas" multiple property nominations for its local significance in the areas of government, social history, and engineering.

Walnut Creek Tributary Bridge

Picture of property .5 miles north and 2.5 miles west of Nekoma
Nekoma (Rush County)
Listed in National Register Jul 2, 1985

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: road-related
Architectural Style(s): Bridge
Thematic Nomination: Masonry Arch Bridges of Kansas

The Walnut Creek Tributary Bridge was designed by Hays Miller of Rush County and constructed in 1934. It is a reinforced concrete arch bridge supported by abutments and piers with spandrel walls that extend above the roadway to form the railing. Miller served as Rush County engineer from 1921-1932 and in 1934 became the chief engineer of the State Planning Board. In 1942, he became research engineer for the Kansas Industrial Development Commission. The bridge was nominated as part of the "Masonry Arch Bridges of Kansas" multiple property document for its association with engineering and transportation.

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