Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 3
David W. Powers began freighting on the Smoky Hill Trail in the early 1860's. His bull trains were outfitted at Leavenworth destined for Denver, Colorado and going as far as Salt Lake City, Utah. Powers established a bank in Salina, Kansas, in 1870 including his nephews James W. and David B. Powers as partners. The booming cattle trade at Ellsworth lured him to this location in 1873. The Powers Bank specialized in providing capital for cattle drovers whose business dealing ranged all over the west. The Powers family handled cattle extensively themselves, establishing the Bluff Creek Ranch near present-day Kanopolis Lake.
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 38° 43.714′ N, 98° 13.968′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is on South Main Street near Douglas AvenueTouch 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. Mueller's Boot Shop (a few steps from this marker); Hodgden House (a few steps from this marker); Historical Plaza Walking Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Drovers Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Jake New's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); North Main Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Reliable House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Ellsworth, Kansas Another Wicked Cowtown. Legends of America website entry (Submitted on February 21, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Col. David Whitehead Powers Sr. "Find A Grave" website entry (Submitted on December 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883. Kansas Collection Books website entry (Submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.