County Seat: Hays
· 27,507 (2000)
· 26,004 (1990)
· 8,626 (1900)
Area: 900 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: EL
Ellis County Courthouse
|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
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Ellis County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Ellis County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Antonino 67601 2100
Catherine 67627 1876 2017
Ellis 1,873 67637 2117
Hays 20,013 67601 2010
Hog Back 2074
Pfeifer 67660 875
Schoenchen 214 67667 1936
Victoria 1,208 67671 1940
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.
- Ellis Railroad Museum (785) 726-4493
911 Washington St, Ellis, KS 67637
Full of memorabilia
- Walter Chrysler Home & Museum (785) 726-3636 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenth & Washington, Ellis, KS 67637
- Ellis County Historical Society Museum (785) 628-2624
100 W. 7th, Hays, KS 67601
Old stone chapel; Volga-German house
State Historic Site
1272 Alternate Hwy 183, Hays, KS 67601
Old stone buildings from the frontier military post.
- Sternberg Museum (785) 628-4286
3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays KS 67601
Extensive fossil collection, including "fish within a fish," and animated, life-size dinosaurs.
Ellis County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
More Data About Ellis County
Ellis County Offices
For more about Ellis County contact:
Last updated on
August 17, 2012
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.