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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ellsworth County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Ellsworth County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Ellsworth County, KS (28) Barton County, KS (61) Lincoln County, KS (1) McPherson County, KS (62) Rice County, KS (20) Russell County, KS (22) Saline County, KS (26)  EllsworthCounty(28) Ellsworth County (28)  BartonCounty(61) Barton County (61)  LincolnCounty(1) Lincoln County (1)  McPhersonCounty(62) McPherson County (62)  RiceCounty(20) Rice County (20)  RussellCounty(22) Russell County (22)  SalineCounty(26) Saline County (26)
Ellsworth is the county seat for Ellsworth County
Adjacent to Ellsworth County, Kansas
      Barton County (61)  
      Lincoln County (1)  
      McPherson County (62)  
      Rice County (20)  
      Russell County (22)  
      Saline County (26)  
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1 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Cameiro — Mushroom Rock State Park
This park and the surrounding area are rich in early Kansas history. The Fremont Trail passed to the north and was used by the Kaw-Santa Fe Freight Company which was also the route for the first overland stages to California until they were forced . . . Map (db m53447) HM
2 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 10 — 1873 County Jail — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 10
During Ellsworth's earliest years, Wild Bill Hickok's common-law wife, Indian Annie, lived in a shack near this site. After Hickok abandoned Indian Annie, she made ends meet washing clothes, scrubbing floors at the Grand Central Hotel (9) and . . . Map (db m54094) HM
3 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 13 — Beebe General Store — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 13
Directly across South Main Street, a double building housed the general store owned by Jerome Beebe. He sold groceries, wines and liquor, and reapers and plows. The events of Sunday, August 15, 1873, led up to the shoot-out that killed Sheriff . . . Map (db m54172) HM
4 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — Civil War Memorial
Our Nations Heroes 1861 - 1865Map (db m54092) WM
5 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 5 — Drovers Cottage — 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 . . . Map (db m54147) HM
6 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — Ellsworth County Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m54093) WM
7 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 89 — Ellsworth, the Cowtown and Fort
When the Union Pacific built through here in 1867 this was buffalo country. As the engines chugged on west, the Hays newspaper reported: "Passengers on the cars between here and Ellsworth have almost daily fine sport shooting at buffalo, immense . . . Map (db m53550) HM
8 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 9 — Grand Central Hotel — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 9
Arthur Larkin was one of Ellsworth's first businessmen. The Larkin House was his first establishment, but it burned in 1869 destroying the entire block. Mr. Larkin then determined to build the finest structure possible on the corner of North Main . . . Map (db m54118) HM
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9 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 101 — Historic Kansas
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 . . . Map (db m88765) HM
10 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 1 — Historical Plaza Walking Tour — Welcome
In typical frontier fashion, Ellsworth was established along the railroad grade, even before the rails were in place. Ellsworth has two main streets paralleling the track. The Plaza was a common area open to freight hauling teams and family buggies . . . Map (db m54169) HM
11 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 2 — Hodgden House — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 2
Fires plagued the businesses on South Main Street throughout the early years. The last of three devastating fires occurred in November 1875 destroying this entire block. Except one building near the center of the block, the buildings were entirely . . . Map (db m54152) HM
12 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 17 — Jake New's Saloon — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 17
The Old Cattle Trail into Ellsworth passed down Douglas Avenue (Hwy. 14). Cattle were herded through town and circled to the west where they were penned in the extensive Kansas Pacific Stockyards (7). John Kelly's American House hotel, next door to . . . Map (db m54171) HM
13 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 12 — Joe Brennan Saloon — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 12
Nicknamed "Gambler's Roost", Brennan's Saloon on the south side of this street was a favorite of the sporting crowd. One of the most notorious gunmen in the west, Ben Thompson, ran the Faro tables here. Dick Clark was considered the premier gambler . . . Map (db m54173) HM
14 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 14 — Kansas Pacific Railroad Depots — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 14
The Depots, just north of this sign were the natural gathering place for frontier towns. The area bustled with actiivity as dray (delivery) operators came and went with freight for local business. Of course, information from "back East" arrived . . . Map (db m54180) HM
15 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 7 — Kansas Pacific Stockyards — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 7
The stockyards were to your left on the location of today's old CK elevator. The photo to the left was actually taken from a location west of here. It shows scattered buildings in the background. Ellsworth was slowly growing to the north. In . . . Map (db m54123) HM
16 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 4 — Mueller's Boot Shop — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 4
Cowboys could get the latest in hand-made boots at the sign of the big red boot! John Mueller, (standing in front of the doorway next to the seated children) opened for business at this location in the early 1870's. Texans, just in off the trail, . . . Map (db m54148) HM
17 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 15 — Nick Lentz Saloon — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 15
Snake Row had many different kinds of saloons. Nick Lentz offered medicinal baths. On August 15, 1873, Ben Thompson confronted fellow gambler John Sterling in Lentz's saloon across the street from this sign. The disagreement was about the winnings . . . Map (db m54198) HM
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18 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 8 — North Main Street — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 8
The Seitz Drug Store, founded across the street in 1868 on the corner of North Main and Douglas Avenue, was advertised as the oldest established drugstore in western Kansas. The claim still holds true as it is still in existence one block north on . . . Map (db m54200) HM
19 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — Powers Bank — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 3
David W. Powers began freighting on the Smoky Hill Trail in the early 1860's. His bull trains were outfitted at Leavenworth destined for Denver, Colorado and going as far as Salt Lake City, Utah. Powers established a bank in Salina, Kansas, in 1870 . . . Map (db m54151) HM
20 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 102 — Smoky Hills Region
This region of Kansas contains the Smoky Hills, an area of rolling hills, occasional mesas, and buttes, with striking outcroppings. Pawnee Rock, Coronado Heights, and Rock City are notable Dakota sandstone formations in this region. The Smoky Hills . . . Map (db m55318) HM
21 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 6 — South Main — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 6
During Ellsworth's frontier days, most of the business activity occurred along the two streets paralleling the railroad tracks. As the Texas cattle trade moved from Abilene to Ellsworth, the tradition of the Texans dominating the Plaza persisted. . . . Map (db m54127) HM
22 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 16 — The Old Reliable House — Historical Plaza Walking Tour Stop 16
Mayer Goldsoll's Old Reliable House was a popular mercantile with the Texas cowboys. Goldsoll also had stores in Abilene, Russell, Great Bend, and Denison, Texas. In 1873, Ellsworth's Old Reliable House recorded $150,000 dollars in business! It was . . . Map (db m54199) HM
23 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Ellsworth — 11 — The Plaza (1873) — Historic Plaza Walking Tour Stop 11
View of the Plaza looking west. The Grand Central Hotel (9) is on the right. The depot (14) is in the center of the Plaza and the Drovers Cottage (5) can be seen in the distance just to the left side of the depot. Had you been standing here on a . . . Map (db m54110) HM
24 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson — A Culture Lives On — Public art and traditions preserve Czech heritage
Today, the descendants of Czech migrants preserve their heritage through numerous activities, public art, and traditions. The "Czech Capital of Kansas" is especially famous for its annual After Harvest Czech Festival. Other notable examples of Czech . . . Map (db m200928) HM
25 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson — Czech Capital of Kansas — Immigrants find support in a new land
Wilson, in the heart of Post Rock country, is the "Czech Capital of Kansas." Established in 1871 near a Kansas Pacific Railway station, it was founded as a cattle trade hub when the trade was shifting from Abilene toward Ellsworth. In fact, its . . . Map (db m200913) HM
26 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson — Post Rock Architecture — An enduring legacy of community leaders
Wilson's distinctive limestone architecture is the enduring legacy of its early town builders. Many downtown commercial buildings reflect the subtle stylistic references typical of rural Kansas town centers. In addition to regional materials like . . . Map (db m200936) HM
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27 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson — War Memorial
In honor of our Soldiers, Sailors and Marines of the World War [Killed in Action] World War I Gusav J. Gahre • Harvey Montgomery Frank Nemrava • Anton J. Vodraska World War II Emil Barta • Walter S. Belt • Lloyd . . . Map (db m54204) WM
28 Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson — World's Largest Czech Egg — Ed & LaVange Shiroky Park
What is a Czech Egg? A Czech Egg is a painted or embellished egg exchanged at holidays and celebrations between friends. The painting of the egg is known as the art of kraslice in the Czech culture. Traditionally, in the Czech . . . Map (db m200904) HM
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Jun. 5, 2023