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

Town & County Jail

Hays City, Kansas

 
 
Town and County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
1. Town and County Jail Marker
Inscription. Hays City and Ellis County cooperated in building a jail on this corner in 1868 and J.B. “Wild Bill” Hickok occupied the sheriffs office from August 1869, to January, 1870. Here on August 22, 1872, accused horse thief “Pony” Donovan was accidentally killed by vengeful friends of John F. “Jack” Wright, who had been murdered by Bill McClellan. The Wright avengers poured shots into the jail hoping to kill McClellan, but got Donovan instead. The jail burned the following week.
 
Erected by City of Hays Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 38° 52.374′ N, 99° 19.908′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Street and West 11th Street, on the left when traveling south on Fort Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Fort Street, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gospel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim Curry’s Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); White's Barber Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Cy Goddard’s Dance Hall
Marker on wall of current Astra Bank building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
2. Marker on wall of current Astra Bank building.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Perry House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walsh’s Gambling Hall (about 300 feet away); The Sporting Palace (about 300 feet away); R. W. Evans’ Grocery Store (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .  Kansas Trails Ellis County News articles about shootings. (Submitted on August 1, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Marker on wall of current Astra Bank building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
3. Marker on wall of current Astra Bank building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 1, 2016.
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