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Walking Tour of Historical Hays City

"Where History Walked the Streets"

The famous and infamous walked the streets of Old Hays City during the 1860s to 1880s including Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, and General George Armstrong Custer.


Walk where they walked following a series of 27 bronze plaques. Each plaque marks the route and explains the historical significance of each site.

Begin the tour near 13th and Fort and learn about the area that was once known as Gospel Hill. See the location of The Perry House, where Hickok reportedly lived in this two-story hotel while in Hays from 1867 to 1869. This area on West 10th Street was also where Cy Goddard Dance Hall was located. This place later became famous for the photo that was taken outside the dance hall in 1873 showing the aftermath of a gunfight and the murder scene of three privates from Fort Hays.


A brochure and map of this self-guided walking tour is available at the Downtown Visitor's Center. 

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