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Rush County farmstead named to Register

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Historical Society on Tuesday announced a farmstead in Rush County is among the newest National Register of Historic Places listings.

The Miller Farmstead, 2913 Kansas Highway 4, La Crosse, joins 1,286 other Kansas locations in the Register.

The Register is the country's official list of historically significant properties.

Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Frank and Emma Seuser Miller established the farmstead east of La Crosse in 1881.

Frank was an early settler in the area, arriving from Austria by way of New York, Wisconsin and Missouri in 1876, just two years after Rush County had been organized.

Emma's family arrived in 1877 from Wisconsin. Frank first lived on another homestead in Rush County, later claimed the farmstead land as a timber claim, and the couple built their permanent house and farmstead here. It developed into a farm with livestock and grain production.

One of the more unique aspects of the Miller Farmstead is the number of buildings and structures that remain -- 19 in all. With the exception of a windmill, nothing has been torn down or removed.

The farmstead has remained in the Miller family and is now owned by Frank and Emma's grandson, Virgel Miller, and his wife, Kathryn.

It was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Kansas multiple property nomination for its local significance in the area of agriculture.

For more information on the nation's most historic places, visit nps.gov/nr.

Nominations forms are available at kshs.org/14638.