Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
North Main Street
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 8
The Seitz Drug Store, founded across the street in 1868 on the corner of North Main and Douglas Avenue, was advertised as the oldest established drugstore in western Kansas. The claim still holds true as it is still in existence one block north on Douglas Avenue. The U.S. House operated by Rowdy Joe Lowe was east of Seitz. He and his wife, Rowdy Kate, kept the pot boiling in Ellsworth. They later operated saloons in the "Red Light" districts of Newton and Wichita.
Also along the block were Bill Nagle's Livery Stable and J.C. Veache's Hotel and Restaurant which sported a sign, "Welcome Texas" near the center of the block. On this street, Ira E. Lloyd maintained his law office in an upstairs room with a commanding view of the busy cattle town. Sheriff Whitney and Deputy John Delong walked from Veache's restaurant to the Depots (14) to intervene in a fight between Texans and locals which ended in Whitney's death in front of Brennan's Saloon (12). Arthur Larkin, the owner of the Grand Central Hotel (9) also was a partner with Z. Jackson in Jackson & Larkin's Dry Goods and Clothing Store at the east end of this block.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 38° 43.722′ N, 98° 13.897′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker is at the intersection of Douglas Avenue (State Highway 14) and North Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Douglas Avenue. 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. Jake New's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Reliable House (within shouting distance of this marker); Nick Lentz Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Kansas Pacific Railroad Depots (within shouting distance of this marker); Beebe General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Plaza Walking Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); Joe Brennan Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Wickedest Cowtown in the West. Smoky Hill Chapter, DAR entry (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.