Cottonwood Ranch

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This article is about the ranch in Kansas, United States. For the historical ranch in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, see Cottonwood, British Columbia.
John Fenton Pratt Ranch
John Fenton Pratt Ranch house.jpg
Front of the ranch house
Cottonwood Ranch is located in Kansas
Cottonwood Ranch
Location Valley Township, Sheridan County, Kansas, USA
Nearest city Morland, Kansas
Coordinates 39°21′20″N 100°10′25″W / 39.35556°N 100.17361°W / 39.35556; -100.17361Coordinates: 39°21′20″N 100°10′25″W / 39.35556°N 100.17361°W / 39.35556; -100.17361
Architect John Fenton Pratt
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 83000442[1]
Added to NRHP April 28, 1983

The Cottonwood Ranch is an historic site near Studley in Valley Township, Sheridan County, Kansas, United States.[2] The ranch is now preserved as a Kansas State Historic Site.

The ranch was built by Abraham Pratt, an Englishman who first came to the United States during the years of the Colorado Gold Rush. After returning to England, he immigrated to Kansas with his sons John Fenton and Tom and settled in the Studley vicinity. Beginning in 1885, the men built a one-room stone house with a sod roof and dirt floor. After it proved inadequate for shelter from the winter conditions, it was re-roofed with wood, and it was expanded in later years. Other buildings at the ranch included a sod stable, a sod-walled corral, and a wood-framed outbuilding with a toilet. A storage cistern was constructed to store water from a natural spring on the property.[3]

In 1983, the ranch property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the John Fenton Pratt Ranch.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, p. 31. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.
  3. ^ Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site History, Kansas State Historical Society, 2009. Accessed 2009-05-07

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