Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 5
The Drovers Cottage was originally built in Abilene by Joseph McCoy. Jim and Louisa Gore ran a friendly house and the Texans felt very much at home among their fellow cattlemen at the Cottage. In 1872, two-thirds of the original hotel was moved to Ellsworth. The facility was tripled in size and a large livery was built to enhance the convenience to the incoming Cowboys. The three-story structure was equipped with 84 rooms and a dining room that seated 100. Late in February of 1873 before Fort Harker was abandoned, the boys of the Sixth Cavalry put on a play at the Cottage. The hall was crowded and everyone was pleased with the show. From the Drovers Cottage a cattleman could, at once, witness the busy business district in all its glory to the east and keep an eye on the stockyards (7) just across the tracks to the west. The Gores tried to burn the Cottage for the insurance money in 1874 and again in 1875. They were asked to leave town and returned to Abilene where they managed the smaller remnant of the original Drovers Cottage.
Erected by Ellsworth County Economic Development, Ellsworth-Kanapolis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellwsorth County Historical Society, et al. (Marker Number 5.)
Location. 38° 43.738′ N, 98° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellsworth KS 67439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mueller's Boot Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Powers Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Hodgden House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historical Plaza Walking Tour (about 400 feet away); Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort (about 400 feet away); Jake New's Saloon (about 500 feet away); North Main Street (about 500 feet away); The Old Reliable House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellsworth.
Also see . . .
1. Wickedest Cowtown in the West. (Submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ellsworth County in Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883. (Submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 529 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.