I post pioneer photos on my Facebook page once a week, and it’s fun for people to look at the photos in detail and comment on what they see.
Last week I posted the outside and inside of a dugout home in Ford Co., Kansas that I found in www.KansasMemory.com, part of our Kansas State Historical Society website. I printed off the photos and went over them in detail with a magnifying glass too.
Readers saw that the man had a bandaged finger, commented on how tight all the furniture was inside the dugout…and wondering how long they lived in the dugout before building a home, or going back to where they came from.
One Facebook fan from England then asked about the Benders, a famous Kansas family who in 1873 killed travelers at their inn, and then buried them in their orchard.
I knew of the family’s crime since I do history research, and put their name in a Google search. Oh my, for the links and information that popped up…
There were reports in the New York Times, photos taken at the scene of the crime, just all sensationalized as things are today. It was not instant news like the one we have now, but people were still interested in the story that happened in the middle of the Kansas prairie when they did hear about it.
If you’d like to join in the fun of looking back on pioneer times, please check out my author’s fan page on Facebook.