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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Schwartz, Alexander & Anna, Farmstead

Picture of property 57 E. CR-70
Dighton (Lane County)
Listed in National Register Oct 8, 2014

Architect: Unknown
Category: Agricultural District
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

Alexander and Anna Schwartz moved their young family from Russia to central Kansas by way of Galveston, Texas in 1906. They arrived during the Golden Age of Agriculture during a period when American farms grew in value and size across the country. They initially lived in Russell, where other family had settled, but soon established a farm in Rush County, where they remained until 1917 when they moved to a larger farm in Ness County. In 1928, Schwartz was approached about a land trade, which ultimately netted him more land in Lane Count suitable for grazing cattle. The Schwartz family erected a small farmhouse and various farm buildings - all made of structural hollow clay tile bricks - and they raised cattle and a variety of crops in the surrounding fields. The farmstead remains in the Schwartz family and includes the small Craftsman-style house, a smokehouse with a cellar, and a small gambrel-roof barn. It was nominated for its local agricultural significance.

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