“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Grand Central Hotel

Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 9

Grand Central Hotel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2011
1. Grand Central Hotel Marker
Arthur Larkin was one of Ellsworth's first businessmen. The Larkin House was his first establishment, but it burned in 1869 destroying the entire block. Mr. Larkin then determined to build the finest structure possible on the corner of North Main and Lincoln Ave. The Grand Central Hotel was built and furnished at a cost of $27,000. The hotel boasted the finest sidewalk in Kansas, made of a slab of magnesia limestone 12 feet wide. Following the shooting of Sheriff Whitney, Texas gambler, Ben Thompson, "held off" the Ellsworth police force and its citizens from the front of the hotel as his brother, Billy, rode out of town. The Ellsworth Reporter newspaper office was the next building to the east.
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et al. (Marker Number 9.)
Location. 38° 43.681′ N, 98° 13.836′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Lincoln Avenue, on the right when traveling east on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellsworth KS 67439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Grand Central Hotel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2011
2. Grand Central Hotel Marker
Looking west along Main Street
this marker. Kansas Pacific Railroad Depots (within shouting distance of this marker); Joe Brennan Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Nick Lentz Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Beebe General Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Reliable House (about 300 feet away); The Plaza (1873) (about 300 feet away); North Main Street (about 400 feet away); Jake New's Saloon (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Wickedest Cowtown of the West. (Submitted on April 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883. (Submitted on April 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
Grand Central Hotel Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Unknown, undated
3. Grand Central Hotel Photo on Marker
Courtesy Ellsworth County Historical Society
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 363 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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