Iconic Dairy Farm with Incredibly Well-Maintained Late 1800s Limestone Structures Throughout

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Price: Pending
Acreage: 92
County: Wabaunsee
State: Kansas

Property Description

Nestled in the bottoms of the scenic Flint Hills cattle country, just north of Alta Vista, Kansas, sits one of the most iconic and historic non-operational Grade A Holstein dairy farms in the Midwest, and now coming to the open market for the first time since its founding back in the early 1900s. With its stunning original limestone rock structures throughout and towering silos, you can feel the history and beauty of this 92-acre farm running throughout.

Pulling down the gated driveway to the residence, you are wrapped with multiple outbuildings along the way, close in proximity for eased working farm logistics. The original main house was built in 1888 and added on throughout its history, and offers 3 bedrooms with 1 full bathroom and 1,838 square feet of finished living space. From a small 2-story, now a storage shed, to an all limestone walled exterior and interior, this home not only is energy efficient but one of the soundest structures throughout. From custom built-ins, newer floor coverings, replaced custom windows and doors, to original porcelain sink and metal cabinets, you can see how well maintained the home has been over the years. In the upstairs walk-through attic space, you can envision the most serene studio space that could be created with the original late 1800s hardwood floors and hand-cut beams with quaint windows giving wonderful natural light throughout. And just through the antique door, the room opens to an even larger space for expansion, an additional bedroom, rec room, or family room. So many options! New roof and heat and air throughout. Just off the kitchen area in the 4-season room is the pull door that leads down to a true work of art. Hand-cut limestone steps lead the way curving down to the arched cellar. Absolutely impressive to see the masonry craft that it took to build such a masterpiece that is still in impeccable condition today!

Head outside to the original limestone smokehouse and the history and culture continues. With the original rock fireplace still in mint condition, you can catch a glimpse of a life of the past smoking your own meats. In years past, ½ beefs were finished out, smoked, boxed, and then sold and delivered by covered wagon throughout the area and as far as Fort Riley. The brooder house with overhead loft was the home to hundreds of chickens and still stands straight as an arrow with rarely seen features, hand-cut overhead beams, and a lean-to. Continue south to the grain mill that was built in 1931. Here you can see how thriving the farm was with an elevator, dump pit, and 5 overhead cribs. Ample storage space throughout as well. Just behind, sits a functioning grain bin and massive silo that was constructed in the 1970s, with a second silo towards the hay barn. This area also overlooks the turn-out area with runs, feed bunks, auto waterers loafing shed, and pens. To the west sits the milking house which was the key area for the operation milking over 80 head twice daily. Washer and dryer hook-ups in the office/work space. All stalls with lines and tanks are still in place. Turn out runs fully concrete that lead down to the limestone barn and additional loafing sheds. Covered hay and equipment barn just west. To the north sits additional loafing sheds perfect for implements and an additional grain bin and machine shed. Electricity and rural water lines run throughout the infrastructure of the farm. Generator by the electric meter. Property fenced with 5-strand barbed wire with interior cross fencing.

The 92 acres are made up of 30 acres of native pasture, 18 acres of clean brome hayed annually, 19 acres of expired CRP that is hayed annually, 10 acres of tillable currently planted to corn, with the 15 acres with improvements and turnout pens. Class I, II, III, and VI of Ivan, Florence, Reding, and Martin make up the foundation of the farm. With Mill Creek running throughout the west corner of the farm and the silty tillable bottoms, the yields are annually above the average with corn, soybeans, and wheat rotated year to year. Mill Creek also provides an ideal spot for endless adventures throughout its rock bottom with deep pools and sandbars along the way. This area is also well-known for year-round hunting, with whitetail, turkey, and quail prominent in the area.

Whether you are looking for a farm to live on, raise a family, or retreat to, with all the history, infrastructure, the location being tucked away in the Flint Hills, and opportunity to keep this legacy continuing forward, this is it! There is so much to value and appreciate with what has been created and preserved on this iconic dairy farm, and is one to tour in person to take in and appreciate all the greatness it has to offer!

Property Features

  • Located 5 miles north of Alta Vista on Old K-10 Road
  • 92 acres total
  • 30 acres of native pasture
  • 18 acres of bromegrass
  • 19 acres expired CRP
  • 10 acres tillable row crop
  • 15 acres with improvements and pens
  • 3 bedroom 1 bathroom limestone residence built in 1888’s with 1,838 sq. ft. finished
  • Limestone arched cellar
  • Multiple limestone outbuildings well-maintained
  • Dairy milking barn
  • Feed bunks with auto waterers
  • Rural water and well water
  • All mineral rights intact
  • Mill Creek
  • Hunting Unit 14
  • Current 2022 tax: $2,445.40
  • 28 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas

Property Address

37340 Old K10 Road, Alta Vista, KS