Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Nick Lentz Saloon
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 15
Snake Row had many different kinds of saloons. Nick Lentz offered medicinal baths. On August 15, 1873, Ben Thompson confronted fellow gambler John Sterling in Lentz's saloon across the street from this sign. The disagreement was about the winnings of a game of Monte held at "Gambler's Roost" (12) earlier in the day. Sterling slapped Thompson and Ellsworth lawman, "Happy Jack" Morco, drew a gun on Thompson. Thompson told Morco not to interfere and then demanded that he "take the drunken man away!" Morco and Sterling went out in the street and walked west toward Jake New's Saloon (17). Thompson later returned to Brennan's Saloon (12) where more trouble soon erupted.
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et. (Marker Number 15.)
Location. 38° 43.69′ N, 98° 13.89′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is on South Main Street near Douglas Avenue (Kansas Route 14), on the left when traveling east. 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. The Old Reliable House (a few steps from this marker); Kansas Pacific Railroad Depots Beebe General Store (a few steps from this marker); Joe Brennan Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Jake New's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); North Main Street (within shouting 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). 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 •
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