Turkey Red Wheat - Walton, Kansas
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 07.362 W 097° 15.032
14S E 653347 N 4220874
Historical marker giving the history of a strain of wheat in Kansas.
Waymark Code: WMBBR3
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 05/01/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 12

Text of marker:

Turkey Red Wheat

Children in Russia hand-picked the first seeds of this famous winter wheat for Kansas.  They belonged to Mennonite Colonies preparing to emigrate from the steppes to the American praairies.  A peace-loving sect, originally from Holland, the Mennonites had gone to the Crimea from Prussia in 1790 when Catherine the Great offered free lands, military exemption and religious freedom.  They prospered until these privileges were threatened in 171.  Three years later they emigrated to Kansas, where the Santa Fe R.R. offered thousands of acres on good terms in McPherson, Harvey, Marion & Reno counties, and where the legislature passed a bill which exempted religious objectors from military service.  Within a month after landing in New York the Mennonites planted the red-gold grains their children had selected.  The harvest was the first of the great crops of hard Turkey Red and its derivatives that have made Kansas the Granary of the Nation.

Marker Name: Turkey Red Wheat

Marker Type: Rest Area

Marker text:

Marker Location: Harvey

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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