Wells P. Bailey House, Lyndon, Kansas

In the summer of 1997, a grass fire burned away some of the siding on the old Bailey house which had stood east of Lyndon for 127 years.
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Photo Albums

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Original Location:

east side of housesouthwest side from roadsouthwest sidenorth side from roadsouthwest corner showing logswest window and birun markswest sidesoutheast cornersouthwest cornerinterior room downstairsinterior room east sidedownstairs interior, east sidelooking down stairwayupstairs room looking, southdownstairs, looking into stairwaynortheast cornerHPPL members doing archaeological diginterior room upstairsupstairs roomsoutheast corner with porch removedeast side after porch removed

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Moving the Bailey House in Fall, 1997:

Placing steel girters under housenortheast corner on steel girtersaddition cut away from houseview of logs after removing additionplacing steel girters under housesetting on steel moving girterspreparing to roll house off foundationrolled off foundationattaching wheel and girter assembly to truckchecking wheel assemblysetting on wheel assemblysetting on wheel assemblyturning the first cornermoving utility lineson country roadpreparing to turn onto highwaypreparing to turn ontohighwayturning onto highwayon highwayon highway going to Lyndonalmost at the parkturning into city parksetting at foundationwaiting to be put on foundation

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In the Lyndon City Park, Pre-restoration:

northwest cornerarchitects and city mayorsoutwest cornersouth side detailsouth windownortheast cornersoutheast cornersoutheast cornereast sidesouthwest cornerlog rot and damaged chinkingdamaged chinking and rotted logsnorthwest cornerhouse with Lyndon signsouthwest cornersouth wall bow and damagesouth wall bowwest side

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Restoration Accomplished:

"Before and After" examples of restoration—

West entrance
Above: West Entrance

Compare, East entrance
Above: East Entrance

Additional restoration photos—

removing flooring and sub-flooringpreservationists discussing foundationflooring removedflooring removed in south roomworker installing jack under floor joistsouth room flooring and joists removednew sill plate supportsworkmen discussing foundationexterior supports to replace logsexterior supports to replace logswall support on east and south wallsexterior supports on south wallexterior supports, northeast cornernew sill plate and bottom logwest doorway with new sill plate and jambexterior wall with chinkingworkmen replacing door covernew sill plate and logschinking and sill plate detailchinking and sill plate detailnew corner notchingnew rock chinkingworkman placing daubing mixtureworkmen mixing daubingworkman replacing chinkingworkman  "throwing" daubingworkman placing daubing mixturedrain trench 1drain trench 2drain trench southeast cornernew logs, south sidenew logs, interior soutwest cornernew logs interior, souteast cornernew logs, interior south wallwest side with new windowseast side windows restored

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Interior restored:

north room, looking eastnorth room, looking northsouth room, looking west, with doorsouthwest corner

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West siide, before restoration West side, after restoration

The Wells P. Bailey House originally stood east of Lyndon, KS, on land that had been part of the Sac & Fox Reservation.
In Fall, 1997, the house was moved to the city park at Lyndon.
In 2012 the home was restored to make its log framework structurally sound.


The Wells P. Bailey House symbolizes a transition of two cultures. It stands today as a reminder of both our Native American and pioneer heritage. For more information contact us at wpbaileyhouse@gmail.com