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Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Historical Plaza Walking Tour

Welcome

 
 
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2011
1. Historical Plaza Walking Tour Marker
Inscription.
In typical frontier fashion, Ellsworth was established along the railroad grade, even before the rails were in place. Ellsworth has two main streets paralleling the track. The Plaza was a common area open to freight hauling teams and family buggies alike. Folks could meet on their way to the shops and saloons, and so the Plaza became known as a gathering place in the community. "End of the Track" Ellsworth was a wide open town. Gunfights were the order of the day. In 1868, a classic Old West duel took place here between a bull whacker and a saloon keeper. When the smoke cleared, one man was dying and the other was severely wounded.
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Look for the frontier silhouettes. An interpretive sign at each location identifies an historic location from Ellsworth's notorious past.
 
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et al. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 38° 43.699′ N, 98° 13.94′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is at the intersection of Douglas Avenue (Kansas Route 14) and South Main Street, on the right when traveling south on Douglas Avenue
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2011
2. Historical Plaza Walking Tour Marker
. Click for map. Marker is at the Ellsworth County Museum complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 West South Main Street, Ellsworth KS 67439, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (a few steps from this marker); Hodgden House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jake New's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Powers Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Reliable House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mueller's Boot Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Beebe General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Nick Lentz Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Ellsworth.
 
Also see . . .  Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883. (Submitted on April 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Photo on Historical Plaza Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Benecke, St. Louis, Mo., circa 1874
3. Photo on Historical Plaza Walking Tour Marker
[Caption reads] On the Kansas Pacific Railway
No. 33, Ellsworth, the great shipping point for Texas Cattle.
Map of Historical Plaza Walking Tour on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
4. Map of Historical Plaza Walking Tour on Marker
Looking North Along Douglas Avenue in Ellsworth image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2011
5. Looking North Along Douglas Avenue in Ellsworth
Livery Stables (<i>detail view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2015
6. Livery Stables (detail view)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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