Ulysses, Kansas

Ulysses, Kansas

Named after Ulysses S. Grant, Old Ulysses was the only town in Kansas that gave itself away. In 1909, all buildings in the old town were loaded on skids and moved three miles across the prairie to the present location of Ulysses, and all lots in the old town were deeded back to the bondholders. The town was officially called New Ulysses until 1921.

The Hotel Edwards was cut into three sections for moving. Part of the hotel is still standing; the remains of the last business building moved from the old town. It is now on the Museum grounds and has been restored to its original appearance.

George W. Earp, first cousin to Wyatt Earp of Dodge City and Tombstone fame, surveyed the townsite of Old Ulysses in 1885, became its first promoter, businessman, peace officer, and was reputed to have been "a little free with his gun".

At the height of the county seat contest between Ulysses and Appomattox in 1888, Ulysses boasted a population of 2,000 and supported twelve restaurants, four hotels, six gambling parlors, twelve saloons and several other businesses.

Today, Ulysses is a PACEMAKER II community in the Kansas PRIDE program. The first to claim PACEMAKER II status in Southwest Kansas and the first to claim PACEMAKER II status in Western Kansas four years later. There are now only seven cities in the entire state that have earned this recognition through achievement of high standards in twenty-three community concern categories, police and fire protection, recreation, convention and tourism, industrial development and public facilities are just a few.

Grant County has 6,171 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Santa Fe Trail Ruts

Come and see the wheel ruts of the famous 60 mile "Jornada" Trail, a stretch of arid prairie between the Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers referred to by early Spanish explorers as the "jornada de muerte" or journey of death

Ulysses, KS Landmarks

Wagon Bed Springs

Wagon Bed Springs, sometimes called Lower Cimarron Springs, on the Cimarron River in Southwest Kansas afforded the first water during the dry season on the 60

Ulysses, KS Pioneer History

Swimming Pool Complex

Cool off during those hot, Kansas summer days at the Grant County Swimming Pool Complex. The Complex has an outdoor olympic-size pool with diving area, two kiddie and toddler pools, and an olympic-size, heated, indoor lap pool.

Ulysses, KS Recreation

Grant County Museum

The Grant County Museum is housed in a handmade adobe structure built for a county shop in the 1930s as a WPA project. The museum is now on the State Register of Historic Places.

Ulysses, KS Museums

Old Edwards Hotel

Located in the Museum Complex, the Old Edwards Hotel was cut into three sections for moving in 1909

Ulysses, KS Historic Hotels

Things to do near Ulysses, KS