Wellington's Chisholm Trail Museum is a museum of domestic life in and
around Wellington and Sumner County, Kansas area. Located across Washington
Street from the Sumner County Court House, it's a three story structure
containing over 40
rooms full of artifacts and pictures, most collected locally, some
dating back to the Civil War and the 1870s cattle trail which passed just
west of Wellington.
502 N. Washington
Wellington KS 67152
the end of May
June through October
All of November
|The building itself is a reinforced concrete structure built in 1916
as the Hatcher Hospital. Originally a two story structure with basement,
a third story and electric elevator were added in 1920. The nearly 80 year-old
elevator is one of the oldest elevators still in use in Kansas.
Hospital staff during the 1920s numbered six MDs, including Dr. A. R.
Hatcher, one dental surgeon, and a consulting neurologist named Dr. Karl
A. Menninger, M. D. With the passing of Dr. Albert R. Hatcher and his son,
Dr. A. C. Hatcher, the hospital closed in 1961 and became the Chisholm
Trail Museum in 1965. Staffed and operated by community volunteers and
supported by donations from visitors and local patrons, the non-profit
educational organization is free to the public.
Many older people still living in the Wellington area either
worked at or were treated by doctors in this building. In fact, many Wellington
residents were born here between 1916 and 1961. The original second floor
nursery is preserved as part of the museum that many return to see.
Museum information supplied by Richard M. Gilfillan
Wellington Chamber of Commerce
207 S. Washington / Wellington, KS 67152
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December 22, 2003
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