• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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Virtual Tour Ranch House Parlors

foyer entry

Lowest Level - Foyer Area and Parlors
The parlor was historically used for formal entertaining; the grandest room in the house.

This photo shows a view of the foyer area inside the Spring Hill Ranch house. The wooden newel post and doors were hand carved.

South Parlor for Family
Family and close friends to the Spring Hill Ranch entered the home through the front and were entertained in the south parlor.

North Parlor for Company
Formal guests were ushered into the north parlor where the interior finishes were more exquisite.

 
south parlor at the holiday
South parlor during the holiday special event
 
north parlor

North parlor where formal guests were entertained.

A piano was located somewhere in the home; possibly in one of the parlors or upstairs in the family living space. From historic newspapers we know that youngest daughter Loutie was learning to play. The Las Animas Times (Colorado) reported that Mrs. Jones purchased a "fine piano," sometime before her move to Kansas.

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Did You Know?

Limestone and flint on the surface of the soil kept it from being tilled

Zebulon Pike unknowingly named the Flint Hills based on his journal entry in 1806 as he camped and passed through very 'ruff' hills of flint. This flint kept the prairie from being tilled. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve