Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Jake New's Saloon
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 17
The Old Cattle Trail into Ellsworth passed down Douglas Avenue (Hwy. 14). Cattle were herded through town and circled to the west where they were penned in the extensive Kansas Pacific Stockyards (7). John Kelly's American House hotel, next door to the east, was the earliest established hotel on the street and was generally frequented by Texas Cowboys. For most Cowboys, Jake New's Saloon, also known as the Ellsworth Billiard Hall, was the first place to stop in Ellsworth as they came in from the cow camps south of town. Ellsworth's "No Gun" Law required that all persons "check" their guns at the first opportunity upon entering the city, which meant that New's Saloon on the corner of South Main and Douglas accumulated many of the weapons.
Texas drover, Print Olive, was shot by Jim Kenedy here, July 20, 1872. An Olive cowboy, Jim Kelly, was standing outside the window. Hearing the shot, Kelly pulled his pistol and shot Kenedy saving Olive's life.
On Sunday, August 15, 1873, after being challenged to a fight by a drunken gambler and an "out of control" lawman, Ben Thompson rushed into the rear of this saloon to arm himself with a pistol and a Henry rifle. His "very drunk" brother, Billy, grabbed Ben's prize shotgun. As they stepped into the street, the shotgun went off in Billy's hands barely missing the feet of Maj.
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et al. (Marker Number 17.)
Location. 38° 43.7′ N, 98° 13.918′ 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 left when traveling south on Douglas Avenue. 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 this marker. Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Plaza Walking Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Reliable House (within shouting distance of this marker); Nick Lentz Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Beebe General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); North Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Kansas Pacific Railroad Depots (within shouting distance of this marker); Hodgden House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Wickedest Cowtown of he West.
2. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883.
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