Alton in Osborne County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Founding of Alton, Kansas
Bull was commercially and socially the key to the early development of both the town and the entire region. He and two other men were tragically killed by Bull's pet elk in October 1879. This event made national headlines and forever altered the course of the town's future. Bull had been a beloved civic leader, county probate judge, and at the time of his untimely death was in his second term as a Kansas State Representative. Bull's funeral drew nearly 2,000 mourners from across the region - the largest funeral held to date in north-central and northwest Kansas.
About 5 years after Bull's death a movement was
ē Hiram C. Bullís two-room log general store. The store occupied the front room while the back room served as living quarters.
ē Sketch of the death of Hiram Bull by his pet elk as depicted in the National Police Gazette magazine of November 1, 1879.
ē Sketch of Bull City as it looked in 1884. View is to the south with the railroad tracks in the foreground. Nicholas Avenue runs through the town from left to right at center background.
Funding provided by
Osborne County Transient Guest Tax Board and the
Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.
Erected 2001 by Osborne County Tourism, Inc.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is mounted in a heavy-timber wooden frame near the northwest corner of the building at this address, facing Mill Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 702 Mill Street, Alton KS 67623, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Historic Bohemian Hall & Cultural Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alton (approx. half a mile away); Last Indian Fight in Osborne County (approx. 10.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Hiram C. Bull (Wikipedia). (Submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Hiram C. Bull. He served with distinction as a Captain in the 9th Iowa volunteer regiment during the Civil War. He was seriously wounded in the thigh leading a charge during the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. From 1859 to early 1861 Bull served as Adjutant General of the Army of the Southwest in New Mexico and Arizona Territories, being stationed in St. Louis, Missouri. This is why he was later referred to as "General Bull." (Submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Hiram C. Bull – 1996 Inductee, The Osborne County Hall of Fame. (Submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.