FORT HAYS STATE HISTORIC SITE
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|The local Convention and Visitors Bureau conducts area tours in this trolley.|
Hays, Kansas, is full of history. It was a "wild west town" in which railroad workers, soldiers, prostitutes, saloon keepers, and a variety of "roughs" made a volatile mix. Elizabeth Custer (General George Armstrong Custer's wife) said there was enough "desperate history" in that little town to make a whole library of dime novels. The original "boot hill" was located just north of the town. (This term was first used to describe the Hays City cemetery before the boot hills in Dodge City or Tombstone.) "Wild Bill" Hickok and "Buffalo Bill" Cody both earned well-deserved reputations while at Hays City. Fort Hays was the home of the "Buffalo Soldiers", General Custer, General Nelson Miles, and General Philip Sheridan. Each night during the summer (June through August) the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau offers free tours of Hays and the surrounding communities. Come see where the history of Kansas and the Wild West was made. Visit Hays, Kansas.
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