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Location
 
County Seat: Hays 
Founded: 1867 
Population:
    · 27,507  (2000) 
    · 26,004  (1990) 
    ·   8,626  (1900) 
Area: 900 Square Miles 
Standard Abbreviation: EL 

Ellis County

Ellis county Courthhouse in Hays, Kansas
Ellis County Courthouse 

History

Map of Ellis County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1867. Hays is the county seat. Named in memory of George Ellis, First Lieutenant of Company I, Twelfth Kansas Infantry, killed in battle April 30, 1864, at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, 1899

 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Ellis County.
 
There is a section on Russell County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Ellis, Hays, and Victoria.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Ellis County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Ellis County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Antonino                        67601               2100
    Catherine                       67627       1876    2017
    Ellis                    1,873  67637               2117
    Emmeram                                             2002
    Hays                    20,013  67601               2010
    Hog Back                                            2074
    Midian                                              1411
    Munjor                                              1946
    Pfeifer                         67660                875
    Schoenchen                 214  67667               1936
    Toulon                                              2005
    Turkville                                           1828
    Victoria                 1,208  67671               1940
    Vincent
    Walker                          67674               1942
    Yocemento                                   1906    2051
 
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Ellis County

  • The limestone St. Fidelis Church, the Cathedral of the Plains, in Victoria is a magnificent Catholic church built by German settlers. It was dedicated August 27, 1911
  • Saint Mary's church in Antonino is an "almost new" brick church since it was built in 1952.
  • The KSU Agricultural Research Center-Hays is the largest dryland research center in the world, and has been in operation for over 100 years.

Libraries

Museums

Ellis County School Systems

Colleges & Universities

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Ellis County Star
  • Ellis Review (785) 726-4583
    822 Washington. Ellis, KS 67637
  • Hays Daily News   (785) 628-1081
    507 Main Street / P. O. Box 857, Hays, KS 67601

More Data About Ellis County

Economic Development Health Data

Genealogy

Ellis County Offices

For more about Ellis County contact:

  • Ellis Chamber of Commerce   (785) 726-3636
    PO BOX 229, Ellis, KS 67637
  • Hays CVB   (785) 628-8202
    2700 Vine , Hays, KS 67601-1926
 
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