Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Beebe General Store
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 13
Directly across South Main Street, a double building housed the general store owned by Jerome Beebe. He sold groceries, wines and liquor, and reapers and plows. The events of Sunday, August 15, 1873, led up to the shoot-out that killed Sheriff Whitney. Just as the Sheriff seemed to have the situation defused, "Happy Jack" Morco came charging down the street from the west with both guns drawn. Ben Thompson opened fire from the front of Brennan's Saloon (12) with his Henry rifle. The shot hit the door jam as Happy Jack dived into Beebe's Store. Five days later, Ellsworth lawman, Ed Crawford, shot an unarmed Texan, Cad Pierce, in the side. Pierce ran into Beebe's store where Crawford again shot him and beat him to death. Crawford was fired from the police force and was killed by an unknown cowboy at Lizzy Palmer's Dance Hall serveral blocks southeast of here in Nauchville on November 2, 1873.
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et al. (Marker Number 13.)
Location. 38° 43.683′ N, 98° 13.894′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is on South Main Street near Douglas Avenue (Kansas Route 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. Nick Lentz Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Joe Brennan Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Kansas Pacific Railroad Depots (a few steps from this marker); The Old Reliable House (a few steps from this marker); Jake New's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); North Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Plaza Walking Tour (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Wickedest Cowtown of the West.
2. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 295 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.