- The wickedest and most well-known of the
got its start before the cattle trade as a stop along the
Trail and served as a civilian community to
Later it developed into a
buffalo hunting town.
In September, 1872 the
& Santa Fe Railroad arrived in
which would initiate a tremendous growth for many years.
quarantine laws closed
Wichita to the cattle trade,
emerged as the "Queen of the Cowtowns."
From 1875 - 1885, more than 75,000 head of cattle were shipped
annually. Many thousands more were driven through
to stock northern ranges or to be shipped from other railheads.
halls, saloons, and brothels increased in
number to accommodate the many cowboys. During its "heyday" years,
hosted list of colorful
Old West characters, including such names as
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman,
"Mysterious" Dave Mather,
and dozens of others. During this time, the wicked little town was also
the site of the
Dodge City War
Long Branch Saloon Shootout.
Ellis - Primarily a railroad town in its
early days, Ellis was laid out by the