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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Sump Barn

Picture of property 26603 K-99 Hwy
Alma (Wabaunsee County)
Listed in National Register May 19, 2022

Architect: Unknown
Category: agricultural outbuilding
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

The Sump Barn conveys the history of an early Wabaunsee County farm and the important role of the barn as an essential building on Kansas farms and ranches. The 320-acre farm was established by Gustave Droege in 1876 and purchased by Henry Sump in 1903, both descendants of German immigrants. Constructed in 1913, the large barn was built to support Sump’s stock operation raising purebred Hereford cattle, which he sold throughout the Midwest. The farm remained in the Sump family for ninety years; the period of significance spans from the barn’s construction in 1913 to 1972, as the barn still continues its agricultural use that it had for many decades.

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