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Last Chance Store, Council Grove, Kansas
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    1897–1983
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Last Chance Store, Council Grove, Kansas, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Council Grove, Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 10 1/16 x 7 11/16 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 255 x 196 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 8 7/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 292 x 215 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0511.a
Description

Small yellow building with two trees in front of it, two paths cross in front of the building.

The "Last Chance Store," built in 1857, was used for various purposes and now serves as a residence in Council Grove. For a couple of decades it was the last place along the Old Santa Fe Trail where provisions could be obtained until caravans reached New Mexico, hence the name, "Last Chance."