In the MorningShortly after the Civil War, railroad workers and settlers began pushing into Western Kansas with ever-increasing intensity, provoking resistance from the Indian inhabitants of the area. To provide protection for this citizenry of railroad workers, soldiers and desperados, Fort Hays was established in 1867 and the city of Hays sprang to life on the plains.
This wild and lawless town soon became the home for such infamous characters as "Wild Bill" Hickok, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, George Custer and Calamity Jane. The city of Hays can boast a true "Wild West History."
City TourTo begin the day you will be taking a guided city tour that will provide an overall sketch of Hays' historic attractions:
- The original Boot Hill Cemetery
- Old Hays City
- Rome Townsite
- Hangman's Bridge
- Buffalo Herd