Hays-Historical Monuments, Landmarks & Historic Sites
This self-guided tour to seventy-six sites in Hays provides a vast array of information about the Points of Interest, Statues, Markers, Memorial Sites, Historic Places, Monuments and Landmarks* that are scattered through-out our community. The earliest recorded date on any of the markers goes back to 1933 with the Frontier Historical Park Gateway, but the Hitching Post/Target Practice Stone has been around since 1867 and the time when Bill Cody was establishing the town of Rome. As you stop and visit at the various markers and monuments, take time to read the inscriptions, admire the stone work or appreciate the artistic value of each piece. Many of the sites have made use of native Ellis County limestone, and if you look close enough you may notice shells, fossils or even a shark’s tooth embedded in the stone that remains from when western Kansas was covered by an inland sea over 60 millions years ago.
The tour starts with the “Welcome to Hays” marker near the intersection of Interstate-70 and Vine Street (exit 159) and ends near the intersection of I-70 and Commerce Parkway (exit 161). The entire tour can be done as a half day or full day tour depending if you linger longer at some sites and enjoy the beautiful landscaping or garden areas associated with many of these locations. If you have a limited amount of time, you can do a quick drive-by tour and still learn much of the history associated with our beautiful markers and monuments. Contact the Hays Convention Visitors Bureau for a map and the tour information.