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Ellsworth, Kansas

  • 22miles Northeast of Ellsworth
    Wilson LakeWilson Lake is an important recreational resource for many of the surrounding towns. It is a 9,100-acre lake and has over 100... continue
  • 24miles Southeast of Ellsworth
    Kanopolis Lake Kanopolis Lake, with a normal pool surface of about 3,000 acres, attracts thousands of campers, hunters, fishermen, and water sports enthusiasts each year. ... continue

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Fort Harker Museum Complex/ Kanopolis KS

The Fort Harker Museum is located in Kanopolis Ks. First Established as Fort Ellsworth in 1864 at the juncture of the Smokey Hill River and the Fort Riley/Fort Larned Road on the Smokey Hill Trail, the post was moved from its site by the river and renamed Fort Harker in 1866

Ellsworth, KS Military History

1873 Jail

The old jail is the oldest building in Ellsworth. Earlier jails were temporary structures like cages. At other times, prisoners were housed in private homes. This jail was authorized on April 2 1872, with the lower floor designated as the jail and the upper floor to be used as court rooms. (

Ellsworth, KS Historic Buildings


The Hodgden House

The Hodgden House, built by Perry Hodgden, was the first private home to rebuild with stone after these fires. It was completed in 1878. The house was restored to its former elegance as one of the grand houses of Ellsworth in 1961.

Ellsworth, KS


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