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Daniel H. Kean Collection

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Identifier: H2017-065

Content Description

The collection consists of one .pdf file (10 MB) titled, “Daniel H. Kean (1850-1926): The Architect and Builder of the Western Frontier: A Tribute to His Life and Times.” The document includes a history of Daniel H. Kean, his work as a builder and architect and his family. Included are photographs, news clippings, city directories and census data. Daniel H. Kean was born in June of 1850 in Plattsburgh (NY) to Charles and Margaret Tracy. He later moved to Chicago and took work as a carpenter. In 1876 he moved to southwestern Kansas where he became a prominent businessman as a builder/contractor. He married Sarah Virginia James on April 28, 1878. They had four children, the two youngest being born in Canton (S.D.). The family moved to Canton in 1887 and purchased land for a home built by Mr. Kean. In April of 1888, a contract was awarded to construct new wings to the State Asylum at Yankton (S.D.). Mr. Dean was appointed as superintendent of construction. On October 22, 1888 the walls of the asylum collapse, seriously hurting Mr. Kean and killing two workers. Kean was later charged with culpable negligence. He finished the construction of the asylum and the case never went to trial. He later became a jeweler in Canton before moving to Oklahoma in 1894. He died at Oklahoma City (OK) on May 3, 1926.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 2017
  • Event: ca. 1880s


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