Caldwell in Sumner County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Red Light Saloon / Chisholm Trail
On the NE corner of Chisholm and Ave A stood the Red Light Saloon which helped give Caldwell its reputation as the most lawless cowtown. In April, 1880 George and Mag Wood literally disassembled their Wichita saloon and brought to Caldwell what became its most murderous establishment. People killed here included marshals, cowboys, bystanders and even the owner when he tried to protect the honor of one of his "girls" who both lived and "worked" upstairs. Though liquor was illegal in Kansas by state law and illegal in the Indian Territory to the south by federal law, somehow Caldwell always had a good supply for the dusty cowboys. The drovers also looked forward to the Red Light and other saloons for their "ladies of the night" or, in Caldwell, the "Border Queens".
Between 1865 and 1885 an observer standing here would have witnessed the forced passing of Native American Indians south into the Territory, hundreds of thousands of Texas longhorn cattle moving north to market, and westbound supply wagons taking foodstuffs to America's far flung military camps and outposts. Jesse Chisholm blazed his legendary trail between San Antonio and Abilene, though only about 150 miles of it between
Erected 1993 by The Caldwell Historical Society.
Location. 37° 1.995′ N, 97° 36.409′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Kansas, in Sumner County. Marker is on North Main Street (Kansas Route 49) south of East Avenue A, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 North Main Street, Caldwell KS 67022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Newton Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Murder of Marshal George Flatt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Southwestern Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Shooting Up Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Land Rush / Historic Marker Project "Those Who Came Before" (about 300 feet away); Cowtown Law Enforcement / Caldwell's Early Government (about 400 feet away); Prohibition Movement (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
More about this marker. Funded by donations from Caldwell State Bank, Farmers Cooperative Grain Company, Inc., and the Turner Dentists.
Also see . . . Kansas Historical Society article on the Chisholm Trail. (Submitted on August 6, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Animals • Native Americans • Notable Places •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 7, 2016.