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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Miller Farmstead

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

Architect: unknown
Category: agricultural outbuilding; single dwelling; storage
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.

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