Steele’s camera also recorded the industrialization of the High Plains, as in this photograph of an Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad construction crew in Haskell County
Irrigation played a vital role in the development of High Plains agriculture. This photograph, one of many dealing with irrigation, shows the construction of a canal and flood gate.
Many of Steele’s surviving photographs are of residences, rural or urban, with or without family members. This picture shows James Patrick with his family in an automobile outside their prosperous farm near Santa Fe in Haskell County.
The Windsor Hotel in Garden City.