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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Lamborn, Horace and Rosemond, Farmstead

Picture of property 25761 151st Street
Leavenworth (Leavenworth County)
Listed in National Register Oct 6, 2011

Architect: unknown
Category: agricultural outbuilding; storage
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

Horace Greeley Lamborn purchased a 108-acre farm in Delaware Township in 1877. Although he seems to have purchased an established farmstead, it does not appear that any buildings remain from that period. The farmstead we see today is largely a result of continued development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Within this historic core is a cluster of buildings including a 1955 residence, two barns, granary/feed shed, cow shed, two chicken houses, garage, and an outhouse. This working farmstead's setting and relationship of historic features has remained highly intact even as it has evolved to meet changing agricultural needs and technologies. Agricultural censuses from the late 1800s portray a typical subsistence farm. Diversification on the farmstead was key to its long-term success. Family recollections suggest Lamborn boarded horses for area residents and that he drove cattle to pasture on the nearby state prison island, transporting them across the Missouri River in flat boats. And, beginning in the early 1900s, the family developed a small dairy production. The property remains in the Lamborn family, and the north barn is currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation. The property was nominated for its local significance in the area of agriculture.

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