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Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A Well-furnished Store

 
 
A Well-furnished Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2011
1. A Well-furnished Store Marker
Inscription.
"Those who have occassion to stop at Council Grove, on the Santa Fe Road, will do well to 'put up' with Charles A. Gilkey [Hays' hotel clerk]...[?] host of the Hayes House. [They]...cannot but help feeling quite at home.
- Kansas Press, July 11, 1859

"At Council Grove, there is a large, well-furnished store, where a constant supply of everything required for the road is kept."
- G. Harris Heap, 1854

Seth Hays came here in 1847 to trade with the Kaw (Kansa) Indians, who purchased guns, blankets, flour, and tinware from him. About 1857, he replaced his log store with this frame building, which has served citizens and travelers as a trading post, courthouse, post office, printing office, and meeting and social hall.

Business was lively: in a four day period in 1860, the Kaw Indians spent $15,000 here and across the street at the Conn Store.

The Santa Fe trade became increasingly lucrative. In 1863, Hays' former partner, G. M. Simcock, estimated that $40 million in freight was hauled in ox- and mule-drawn wagons through the town. In addition to supplies, the Hays House offered meals and rooms to weary travelers on their eight-week trip between New Mexico and Missouri.

[Photo inset] Seth Hays, a great-grandson of Daniel Boone, was Council Grove's first permanent settler. He
A Well-furnished Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2011
2. A Well-furnished Store Marker
On the wall of Hays House 1857 Restaurant
helped to organize the town and to create a thriving trade center here during Santa Fe Trail days.

[Background photo caption reads] Hays' frame store in 1868.
 
Erected by National Park Service and City of Council Grove.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.686′ N, 96° 29.39′ W. Marker is in Council Grove, Kansas, in Morris County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 56) near Wood Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 West Main Street, Council Grove KS 66846, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hays House (here, next to this marker); Masonic Lodge Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Council Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Council Grove National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Conn Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Malcolm Conn Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Farmers & Drovers Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cottage House Hotel and Motel (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Council Grove.
 
Also see . . .
Hays House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2011
3. Hays House

1. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Hays House 1857 Restaurant. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Council Grove Historic Tour. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Council Grove, Kansas. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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