Near Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Townsite of Rome
"Buffalo Bill" Cody
stands on the
court house square
in Hays, 1 mile East
Location. 38° 52.713′ N, 99° 20.711′ W. Marker is near Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker is at the intersection of West 12th Street and Rome Road, on the right when traveling west on West 12th Street. Click for map. Rome Road is also known as 'Rome Crossing". Marker is at or near this postal address: West 12th Street, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hangman's Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Hays State University War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); St. Joseph Church (approx. ¾ mile away); St. Joseph Parochial School (approx. ¾ mile away); The Sporting Palace (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gospel Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Volga Germans (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jim Curry’s Restaurant (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
Regarding Townsite of Rome. The first settlement to be formed after Ellis County was officially organized, Rome got its start when the Lull brothers of Salina established a general store on
Early in June, Bloomfield, Moses & Co. established a general supply store, and later Joseph Perry built the two-story Perry Hotel. With the Kansas Pacific Railroad laying track in the area and employing some 1,200 men, the town grew quickly and by the end of July, the fledgling settlement boasted over 2,000 citizens. These railroad men, along with soldiers, and buffalo hunters, provided ample customers for the many saloons and gambling halls that quickly sprang up.
Cody and Rose; however, would make a fatal mistake when they refused to take on a man named Dr. W.C. Webb as a partner in their town site venture. Unknown to them, Webb had the authority to establish town sites for the railroad, and when Cody and Rose refused him, he established the Big Creek Land Company, which platted the town of Hays City, on the other side of Big Creek about a mile east of Rome. A rivalry at once sprang up between the two places, but the railroad company threw its support to Hays City and Buffalo Bill Cody
Courtesy Legends of Kansas
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Courthouse Square statue of Buffalo Bill Cody.
Also see . . . Hays website story about the Old Rome town. (Submitted on August 5, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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