Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 6
During Ellsworth's frontier days, most of the business activity occurred along the two streets paralleling the railroad tracks. As the Texas cattle trade moved from Abilene to Ellsworth, the tradition of the Texans dominating the Plaza persisted. Businesses flourished that catered to the cattle trade. John Bell's Great Western Hardware Emporium began as one of Ellsworth's pioneer businesses in 1867 selling tinware and stoves. In 1873, he employed six men and sold everything from general hardware to farm implements, wagons and buggies. Other businesses on South Main included Goldsoll's Old Reliable House (16), Karatofsky's Great Western Store, and Ringolsky's Drovers Headquarters. All carried dry goods and provisions to meet the Cowboys' needs.
The sign of the "Big Red Boot" advertised John Mueller's popular bootmaking shop (4). The Powers Bank (3) specialized in financing the cattle trade and the Drovers Cottage (9) definitely encouraged Cowboy trade.
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et al.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 43.81′ N, 98° 14.102′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Colorado Avenue, on the right when traveling west on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellsworth KS 67439, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kansas Pacific Stockyards (within shouting distance of this marker); Drovers Cottage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mueller's Boot Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); Powers Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ellsworth County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hodgden House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Wickedest Cowtown of the West. (Submitted on April 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883. (Submitted on April 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.