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Ellis, Kansas

Ellis, Kansas is rural America--A town with a rich past. This town nestles in the curve of Big Creek as it crosses the Kansas prairies. Beautiful park, friendly people and the mystic makes this a place you will want to visit. Campgrounds, motel, several restaurants and a nine-hole golf course are available.

Enjoy a dazzling sunset from the famous Indian lookout point, Round Mound, a short drive southwest of Ellis. The Arien Hills, sometimes described as the Kansas Ozarks, provide a look at the unspoiled land and natural beauty of the rolling hills north of Ellis.

Ellis, a place where you'll feel like a welcome visitor, not a tourist; a place where you can still experience America like people remember it. American dreams live on in Ellis, a peaceful community surrounded by rural farmland and just minutes from Hays, the major city in northwest Kansas.

"Ellis is a city with a rich past and a promising future. A historic town where old meets new in an atmosphere of country hospitality blended with all the conveniences of city services."

About the Past ....

The Kansas Pacific Railroad established a water station on the tracks at the site of present-day Ellis in 1867, and later purchased the site for $1200 through the Homestead Act. An officially recognized post office was established on June 27, 1870. The first church came to Ellis in 1874. The year 1873 saw the establishment of the first school. Beginning in 1875, Ellis became a shipping point for cattle herds, driven up from the south, for nearly five years. On January 10 1888, the City of Ellis was incorporated by law as a Third Class City. In 1896, the women's "Law and Order Committee" slate won the local election, and Ellis' all-woman council and a lady mayor became one of the first such groups in the United States.

In the late 1800's Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill Cody were seen often in town. John Henry, a UP train dispatcher in Ellis, invented the electric streetcar in 1882. Early Ellis residents, Walter and Roy Cross, developed the "Cross Process," a method of converting kerosene, natural gas, oil or fuel oil into gasoline that was used widely across the U.S.. Walter P. Chrysler, who grew up in Ellis and learned about mechanical repair and machinery in the Ellis UP shop, used this knowledge to found the automotive giant, the Chrysler Corporation. Walt Disney, the late producer-animator and founder of the Walt Disney Studios, also had connections to Ellis.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lakeside Campground

Just off I-70 at Exit 145 is Ellis Lakeside Campground. This picturesque campground is nestled along the south bank of Big Creek just two blocks off Washington Street on East 8th. This campground is fully equipped with handicapped accessible showers and bathhouse. The campground has 17

Ellis, KS RV Parks


Bukovina Memorial

"In Memory of those settlers from Bukovina, Austria, who stepped off the train at this location. Beginning in 1886, the German speaking immigrants brought a strong Christian faith and work ethic to build a future for their families in the new world."

Ellis, KS Memorials

St. Mary's Church

The cornerstone of this magnificient church was laid on June 27, 1909 being of black granite (1'x2'x2'6") and weighing nearly 1000 pounds. About the middle of August 1911, the church building was ready for occupancy though far from completed or furnished inside.

Ellis, KS Historic Churches

Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum

The famous American, Walter P. Chrysler, spent his youth in Ellis, where he learned his trade as a mechanic with the Union Pacific Railroad. Chrysler's youth began 1878 in Ellis. When he was 17, he was hired as a sweeper and eventually became a machinist'

Ellis, KS Museums

Things to do near Ellis, KS

Lakewood Discovery Center

Lakewood Discovery Center at Lakewood Park is a unique setting which creates and nurtures curiosity and interest of nature wi...