Ellis County Historical Society Museum
Located at the corner of 7th and Main Street in
downtown Hays, the Ellis County Historical Society exists to preserve and
present the colorful history of the county. The main gallery includes exhibits
centered on some of
In addition, learn about the clash of cultures that resulted when the railroad crossed tribal grounds and buffalo hunters decimated the great herds. Visit the recreated saloon and try your hand at faro, a favorite card game of the day. Round out your experience with a stroll through the first Boot Hill in the Wild West (18th and Fort Street), the last resting place for those who "died with their boots on."
On the museum grounds, staff will guide you on a tour of the Volga German Haus, a replica home of early German Russian settlers, outfitted with furnishings authentic to the 1870s and 1880s, when the Volga Germans began settling the area. The Younger Harness Shop, built in 1901, once sat on