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Ellsworth in Ellsworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Historic Kansas

 
 
Historic Kansas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 3, 2015
1. Historic Kansas Marker
Inscription. The rolling land in this area was once sheep country, but now cattle roam here. These stone fence posts found are examples of the many still in use in this portion of Kansas. In an area where wood for posts was scarce, settlers used the materials at hand. The Greenhorn “post rock” was split from limestone strata, and with a little working, posts were created.

Prior to American settlement, American Indians occupied this land for centuries. Although relations between overland travelers, settlers, and the Indians were generally peaceful, tensions developed as traffic increased and more permanent settlers arrived. This area witnessed a number of violent clashes during the 1860s as Indians took action to defend their lands and the U.S. government responded.

Ellsworth, a former cattle town, is located approximately 7 miles south of here on K-14. Like other “Wild West” towns, Ellsworth experienced its share of lawlessness and violence. One incident in 1873 involved the shooting of several men, including the sheriff, and the taking over of Main Street.

Ahead are Wilson (with the Wilson reservoir 5 miles to the north); Russell, an oil town; and historic Hays and Fort Hays.
 
Erected 2012 by the State of Kansas & the Kansas Historical Society.
View from marker towards service area building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 3, 2015
2. View from marker towards service area building.
(Marker Number 101.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 51.432′ N, 98° 8.012′ W. Marker is in Ellsworth, Kansas, in Ellsworth County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 70 at milepost 224, 1.3 miles west of State Highway 156. Touch for map. Located in the I-70 westbound rest area, to left of service area building. Marker is in this post office area: Ellsworth KS 67439, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smoky Hills Region (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away); Ellsworth County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away); 1873 County Jail (approx. 10.3 miles away); Kansas Pacific Stockyards (approx. 10.3 miles away); North Main Street (approx. 10.3 miles away); South Main (approx. 10.4 miles away); Grand Central Hotel (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellsworth.
 
More about this marker. Marker was replaced in 2011-2012.
 
Categories. AgricultureAnimalsNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Nearby Historical Kansas map. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 3, 2015
3. Nearby Historical Kansas map.
View of marker looking towards rest stop picnic area. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 3, 2015
4. View of marker looking towards rest stop picnic area.
View towards I-70 westbound. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 3, 2015
5. View towards I-70 westbound.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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