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

The Perry House

 
 
The Perry House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
1. The Perry House Marker
Inscription. The first hotel in Hays City was moved here by J.D. Perry in 1867 from Rome, the little town W.F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and others tried to start a mile to the west. Cody and his wife resided at the Hays Perry for a time, and Tom Custer's name appears on the only extant page from the hotel's register. "Kit" Carson, the great scout, probably stayed here, since he was Cody's guest in Hays City for a few days, shortly before his death in 1868. Reportedly J.B. "Wild Bill" Hickok also made the two-story hotel his home, while he served as Ellis County Sheriff in 1869. By then the hotel, renamed the Commercial House was run by Fergus Keeler.

Hays City, Kansas

 
Erected by City of Hays Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 38° 52.332′ N, 99° 19.918′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker is on West 10th Street west of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. West 10th Street is a one-way street running west. Marker is at or near this postal address: West 10th Street, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cy Goddard’s Dance Hall (a few steps from this marker); Walsh’s Gambling Hall
Former location of the Perry House Hotel. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 1, 2016
2. Former location of the Perry House Hotel.
Marker is the one on the far right. Building location is now occupied by AT&T.
(a few steps from this marker); White's Barber Shop (a few steps from this marker); Kansas Pacific Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); R. W. Evans’ Grocery Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Waters and Murray’s Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Kate Coffey’s Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim Curry’s Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hays.
 
Also see . . .  Perry House of Ellis County - Historical Documentary Video. (Submitted on August 6, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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