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

Sentinel Hill

 
 
Sentinel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Sentinel Hill Marker
Inscription.

The hill approximately two miles south of the guardhouse was known as Sentinel Hill. As part of the Fort Hays military reservation, a sentry (guard) posted at this location could have seen several miles in all directions.

The legend of Elizabeth Polly, also known as "the blue light lady," is closely linked to Sentinel Hill. When a cholera epidemic hit in 1867, hospital steward Ephraim Polly was assistant to the fort doctor. His wife, Elizabeth, comforted patients in the hospital. When she became sick with cholera, she asked to be buried on top of the hill, but it was too rocky to dig a grave. Elizabeth is buried on the side of the hill. Sightings of her ghost were reported in 1897 and have continued to this day.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 51.729′ N, 99° 20.638′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hays State Historic Site, off US Hwy 163 Alternate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 163 Alternate, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Officers in Tents (here, next to this marker); Fort Hays Military Cemetery
Sentinel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
2. Sentinel Hill Marker
Looking northwest
(a few steps from this marker); Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Ghost of Elizabeth Polly. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Hays State Historical Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Sentinel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Sentinel Hill Marker
Second marker from right foreground
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 8 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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