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Ellis County, KS

Ellis County

Welcome to Ellis County.

Our county is made up of communities with a rich pioneer heritage and a vision for a promising future. Ellis County serves as a regional hub for Northwest Kansas in providing financial, medical, educational, and professional services. In addition, our strong oil and agricultural production profiles Ellis County as a leader in these fields.

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KS Merci Boxcar Museum & Veterans Memorial Park

Kansas Merci Boxcar Museum & Veterans Memorial Park At the close of World War II the French nation was devastated. Reconstruction was a slow process. Farmlands had been ravished. War-damaged factories had to be rebuilt and retooled before industry could begin the production of civilian goods. By 19

Hays, KS Museums


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

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

Walking Tour of Art Displays

Nearly a dozen art sculptures are located on the beautiful campus of Fort Hays State University. This self guided walking tour is a great way to enjoy the beautiful artwork on the FHSU campus. The interactive map link shows the location of the various pieces of artwork including the unique "

Hays, KS Arts

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

Hays Public Library

A nationally-recognized leader for outstanding per capita usage, renovated and expanded in 2003 to match the original 1911 Carnegie library. The 39,000

Hays, KS Libraries

Boot Hill Cemetery

The original Boot Hill was located in Hays not Dodge City, as many people believe. In fact, when Dodge City was founded in 1872, the Hays City Boot Hill was well populated. Mrs. Elizabeth Custer spent the summers of 1869 and 1870

Hays, KS Cemeteries

Ellis Co. Historical Museum

The Ellis County Historical Society Museum preserves and illustrates local history by housing exhibits of artifacts, collections of documents, photographs, manuscripts and other archival materials that reflect this region's past. The museum displays over 25,000

Hays, KS Museums

Kansas Postcard Collection

The Kansas Postcard Collection was donated to Fort Hays State University and the community of Hays by the Association of Community Arts Agencies in 2006. The display is located in the FHSU Robbins Center and is one of the largest collections of original Kansas Art in the world. There are 635

Hays, KS Arts

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University opened in 1902 as the Western Branch of the Kansas Normal School. For the first two years classes were held at the Fort site. In 1904 the first stone building, Picken Hall, was completed on the "flats"

Hays, KS Education Centers

Plymouth Stone Schoolhouse

When the Germans settled on the Kansas high plains over a century ago, after homesteading their farm and establishing a church, the next priority was to build a schoolhouse. This schoolhouse was originally built in Russell County in the 1870'

Hays, KS Historic Schoolhouses

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