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Dalton Gang Hideout & Museum

Picture of property 502 S. Pearlette Street
Meade (Meade County)
Listed in National Register Jan 7, 2015

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

The Dalton Gang Hideout and Museum is a product of the auto-tourism era of the early and middle 20th century. The Meade Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and the National Youth Administration, developed the site in 1940 around the former residence of John and Eva (Dalton) Whipple, a sister of the famed outlaw Dalton brothers known for their robbery of trains and banks. Though stories of the Dalton Gang visiting Meade in the late 1800s surfaced in the early 20th century, primary source evidence to support these claims has remained elusive. Nevertheless, local officials hoped to attract visitors using the colorful Dalton Gang tales and showcase history through the collections of local history buffs at this site. WPA officials reportedly turned down the community's first proposal because it romanticized a gang of outlaws. The plans were resubmitted under the name Meade Historical Park, and greater emphasis was given to developing local history at the site. This mid-20th century roadside attraction is nominated as part of the "New Deal-era Resources of Kansas" and "Roadside Kansas" multiple property nominations under Criterion A for its local significance in the areas of social history, government, and tourism.

Fowler Swimming Pool and Bathhouse

Picture of property 308 E 6th - City Park
Fowler (Meade County)
Listed in National Register Feb 17, 2009

Architect: Charles W. Suite (engineer)
Area of Significance: outdoor recreation
Architectural Style(s): Moderne
Thematic Nomination: New Deal-era Resources of Kansas

Among 40 Kansas pools improved or constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1935-1939, Garden City engineer Charles W. Suit designed the Fowler Swimming Pool. A reinforced concrete oval structure, it measures 90 feet north to south and 120 feet east to west. It features a shallow ring that encircles the deeper diving area, which is marked by a reinforced concrete diving platform rising above the water from the pool floor. The one-story bathhouse is a simple reinforced concrete building with a central office flanked by dressing rooms on each side. There is a non-historic restroom building on the property. The property is nominated as part of the "New Deal-era Resources of Kansas" Multiple Property Submission for its associations with the WPA.

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