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

Judge Joyce’s Court

 
 
Judge Joyce’s Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
1. Judge Joyce’s Court Marker
Inscription. Marcellus E. Joyce, Union spy during the Civil War and well-known journalist of this day, presided from 1867 to 1868 as justice of the peace for most of the western Kansas. “Chief Justice” Joyce legends unanimously suggest that he frequently made bizarre interpretations of the law. When W.A. "Medicine Bill" Comstock, noted frontier scout, pleaded guilty to a murder charge in 1868, Joyce reportedly said he was a fool for admitting it and discharged him for lack of evidence. During the controversial period in 1869, when J.B. "Wild Bill" Hickok served as Ellis County Sheriff, Joyce again acted as Justice of the Peace and presided at the inquest over Sam Strawhim who Hickok killed on September 27, 1869. Joyce's courthouse stood on this site.

Hays City, Kansas

 
Erected by City of Hays Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 38° 52.312′ N, 99° 19.867′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker is on West 10th Street west of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 West 10th Street, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Dog” Kelley’s Faro House
Former location of Judge Joyce’s Courthouse. (Now a law firm) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
2. Former location of Judge Joyce’s Courthouse. (Now a law firm)
Marker is the one on the left side.
(here, next to this marker); Ed Goddard’s Saloon (a few steps from this marker); The Pioneer Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Tommy Drum's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Kate Coffey’s Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Waters and Murray’s Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); R. W. Evans’ Grocery Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Otero & Sellar's Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Wild Bill Hickok image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
3. Wild Bill Hickok
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 5, 2016.
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