Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sentinel Hill

 
 
Sentinel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
1. Sentinel Hill Marker
Inscription.  
The hill approximately two miles south of the guardhouse was known as Sentinel Hill. As part of the Fort Hays military reservation, a sentry (guard) posted at this location could have seen several miles in all directions.

The legend of Elizabeth Polly, also known as "the blue light lady," is closely linked to Sentinel Hill. When a cholera epidemic hit in 1867, hospital steward Ephraim Polly was assistant to the fort doctor. His wife, Elizabeth, comforted patients in the hospital. When she became sick with cholera, she asked to be buried on top of the hill, but it was too rocky to dig a grave. Elizabeth is buried on the side of the hill. Sightings of her ghost were reported in 1897 and have continued to this day.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts and CastlesNatural FeaturesWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 38° 51.729′ N, 99° 20.638′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker
Sentinel Hill Marker image. Click for more information.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
2. Sentinel Hill Marker
Looking northwest
"Fort Hays, Kansas – History & Hauntings":
Legends of America website entry includes the story of "The Blue Light Lady"
Click for more information.
Click or scan to see
this page online
is on the grounds of Fort Hays State Historic Site, off US Hwy 163 Alternate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 163 Alternate, Hays KS 67601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Officers in Tents (here, next to this marker); Fort Hays Military Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Outhouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Row (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hays State Historical Site. Kansas Historical Society website entry (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Sentinel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2012
3. Sentinel Hill Marker
Second marker from right foreground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,577 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=59723

Paid Advertisements
 
 

Jul. 4, 2022