Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Union Pacific Railroad in Ellis Kansas

In 1876 the Union Pacific was laying track west. There were two routes one went Thur Kansas. About 20 miles west of Hays city there was a pumping station established.  Two railroad workers were left to guard the pumping station.  These men were killed by Indians in a matter of days.  The railroad them established another pumping station, this time about 7 miles father east, on Big creek. A detachment of solders from fort hays was sent to guard this new station.  Ellis was about to be born.  The first permeate building in the newly formed town was a limestone hotel which served as a depot and also a stopover point for the crew.  Ellis was about to become a division point for the Union Pacific. (halfway between Kansas City and Denver)

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