Minor Setback

I am a do-gooder of sorts, always volunteering to help my community by supporting a cause. I feel it is my responsibility as a resident of a close-knit area. There is a group of us who are regularly on call. People know to contact me when they need help for a public event, and we have them quite often. This time, I was asked to distribute some pamphlets to publicize a street fair. Many local businesses were involved and I know many of the proprietors. Thus, I was glad to be part of promoting local enterprise. It means a lot to the locals as it boosts the economy.

There was only one problem. After walking around the region for hours and hours, my feet were killing me although I wore athletic shoes. They were old and the support was gone. I expected this, but I did not anticipate having neck and shoulder pain on top of sore feet. I hadn’t suffered from this ailment before so it had to be from the time on the street. I paused a lot to talk to people and the job took longer than expected. I didn’t mind because it was fun. Now what? I was supposed to continue handing out the pamphlets the next day per my agreement with the head of the street fair and I was worried that the pain would derail me and limit my activity. He would be disappointed if I backed out.

The obvious recourse was to get a neck and shoulder massage. A friend had recommended that I check out Higher Massage months ago but at the time, it didn’t strike me as an option.  As luck would have it, one of the fair’s sponsors was a day spa that offered every kind of pampering service such as a manicure, pedicure, facial, and full-body massage. I went for the upper area, the locus of my pain, and the feet. I would kill two birds with one stone. It was the perfect solution. One hour later, I was back on my feet and ready to go out for the night with the other volunteers. I would have no problem resuming my pamphlet delivery in the morning. All was well with the world and back to normal. When duty calls, I want to be there!

I have to recommend massage to my blog readers because it was so extraordinary and no ordinary run-of-the-mill experience. The masseur had magic hands. I knew this although it was my first time. He went deep enough to loosen the muscles, but was also gentle where needed. The combination was just right. His experience was apparent. I had a new best friend. Ha! I had a minor setback and could now resume helping Ellsworth thanks to him. Not only did it help me out in a pinch, but it was going to be a regular part of my health and wellness routine. Treat yourself and find out why a back and shoulder/neck massage is the best way to cure whatever ails you.

Don’t Leave for Work Without It

I belong to the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce to help promote this wonderful town and its emerging businesses. We also have a great many historical landmarks to tell you about. I obviously believe in community involvement and my duties as a citizen and resident. I hope you will do the same wherever you may live. It is very rewarding while it serves as a great networking resource. It fulfills many of my social needs. I meet people with whom I have a great deal in common plus a few more serious relationships. For a woman, this sure beats going to bars.

New members often ask my advice on a variety of topics. While it may seem a bit far afield, it was about caring for a leather business bag. I happen to own a very nice one and don’t leave home without it. I was carrying it the other day during a Chamber meeting and this particular question came up and I was the one to provide an experienced answer. The fellow admired my bag, even though I am a woman, and noted that he was in the market for a similar one. He wanted to know the brand, model, and price. He claimed that he would not copy me as that would be rude, but that he would look for something in the same vein – stylish, roomy, and professional. I was reluctant to give out all this personal information but was more than happen to mention how I cared for it, and also shared a great web page with him – https://www.businessbagreview.com/care-new-business-bag/. This might help him decide if this was the right material for him in that it takes upkeep and maintenance. Women are more willing to make this effort, but he voiced the opinion that he could as it would be worth it. I agreed and offered that the bag was not new and had enjoyed a long life due to my routine cleaning and polishing. There are creams and pastes just for this purpose. A soft cloth is vital. If there are nicks and scratches, you will need some black shoe polish.

If you buy quality, it is automatically likely to last, but not necessarily. It depends on where you take it. If it is for work, I would expect at least ten years. If you drag it around during travel or go camping (not a great place for leather), it will wear out much sooner. Upkeep will prevent undue damage and it is highly recommended. All this fuss may deter some buyers, but the beautiful texture is more than worth it. Age doesn’t not detract from the skin but adds to its long-term appeal. It is akin to older cars that still had leather seats. They have cracks, but the effect is better than vinyl. You know it is real and not a synthetic. Sadly, they don’t use leather much anymore. Backpacks, however, are no problem but they are purchased mostly by successful business people.

Fair Day

The big day is coming to Ellsworth. A church is sponsoring a community fair for the entire town. They do this once a year and everyone looks forward to the event. Parents, kids, and the elderly flock in droves for the potluck food and various games and amusements. A bake sale is a featured treat and the goods are always phenomenal. The best cooks in town donate their specialties. A few restaurants throw pastry chef yummies for people to buy and take home. The fair raises significant funds for its sponsored charities, most of which involve the needs of children. You can see the hustle and bustle from a block away as volunteer erect booths and set up tables and chairs. Lunch is ready when the hotdogs are grilled and the roast chicken comes alive on its spit.

Participants come walking for blocks to join in the communal fun. Some wear hats to protect themselves from the sun. In anticipation of a bright day, umbrellas populate the church parking for needed shade. Kids run to the inflated bouncy houses trying to choose between a castle and a western fort. A pony ride is available after they get their fill. There are many happy, smiling faces. Parents stand by surveying the scene, guarding their offspring with eagle eyes. They smell the food and are ready to eat. As usual, the tots want popcorn first. A few lucky ones are allowed to have cotton candy. Would you deny your child this wonderful fair treat?

Everyone wants to take home a prize and there are ample opportunities. You can throw baseballs at a clown face with a big hole for a mouth. You can play strongman and arm wrestle a formidable opponent. Before looking at the various crafts such as wood art, ceramics, handmade jewelry, and blown glass, many kids are taken to the gold panning “creek.” An outdoor kiddie pool is filled with water into which are thrown gold-painted stones (to look like nuggets of course). Each child is given a gold sluice – if you haven’t seen one before, they look like this: https://www.findingafortune.net/best-gold-panning-kits-and-gold-sluice-reviews/. The aim is for them to try their hand at finding the precious metal. As he or she approaches the pool, a floppy hat is placed on the little head. A church photographer takes a photo of the would-be prospector. Several kids are operating their sluices to see who gets the most nuggets and wins. It is getting competitive! The sluice separates the rocks so they can be promptly retrieved and counted. It is a hoot.

I remember as a child going to Knott’s Berry Farm in southern California. Panning for gold was a big event, almost as big as pie festival. They had a realistic looking river surrounded by climbing rocks interspersed with a small path. Each child had a choice of a pan or a gold sluice. The gold looked so real, perhaps because it was fool’s gold or shiny mica. There was dirt at the bottom of the river so the pan or sluice had to do some work separating the “gold.” I loved that the church fair tried to duplicate this experience.

Love My Dog, But…

How lucky I am to live in Ellsworth, “community of choice for business, leisure, and life.” I love our motto. People care about the town. Volunteers are abundant for city and cleanup. Branch Lake Public Forest gets a lot of interest. We also have vision projects so residents can share in creating the future. How farsighted they are. Many towns do not have this kind of local support. The town officials took surveys, conducted focus groups, and established goals. They ask, “what do you want Ellsworth to look like years from now?” They know it takes planning.

They also asked people to rank certain values such as having an authentic and vibrant Maine downtown, enjoying a safe community, and promoting growth opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. I would add more dog parks and nature trails. You got it. I have a dog—one that I adore. I take him everywhere and hold him tight. Obviously, he is small. We can be seen on the streets of Ellsworth, both of us enjoying our daily constitutional.

Life is grand, but I must tell you a funny story. I had an appointment with a local business owner and given the way we are casual here, I took the silly pet along. I am not a daffy lady with a tote bag in which the dog dwells. I carry him with me from the car and set him down when I am at my destination. This time, I was wearing a black wool jacket. It shows lint as you can imagine. I didn’t think about white pet hair which is ten times worse. When the shop owner greeted me, he stared immediately at my front. I looked down and notices a rather large accumulation of hair. It looked like the dog had been shedding right on me. I was mortified and so embarrassed. I wonder what he thought.

I felt great anger toward my vacuum cleaner. It is not doing its job. There is too much pet hair in the house. I need a new machine for sure. Should it be a Bissell or a Hoover? They both are equal in my mind, so I will go with the best rated one at https://www.thevacuumchallenge.com/bissell-vs-hoover-battle-stick-garage-vacuum-options/. I like a canister unit with attachments. I demand that one be explicitly for pet hair. It has to even work on clothing!

I excused myself and rushed to the car. I could have taken off the jacket, but it was a bit cold. I reached in the backseat for the lint remover which is a simple roller covered with sticky tape. I smoothed it over the fabric and it take many sheets to get it clean. I couldn’t now leave the dog in the car, so I picked him up by his middle and put him under my right arm like a football. I returned to the meeting and it proceeded well despite the pet hair mishap.

A New Addition (on my House)

I am so excited. I am getting a covered porch addition to my house. It has been in the works for ages and finally the time has come. I have communicated my priorities, accepted the estimate, okayed the plans and set the date. Soon it will be a reality. I can sit on a swing or lounge chair, whatever I decide to decorate the area with. Maybe both. I want a small table for my laptop and drink when I relax outside or do work in the shade. When guests are present, I have a foldup buffet table in the garage. I am converting my modest abode into a real resort.

I can have people over on this back porch because it won’t be tiny at all. At least a few friends and family can sip wine with me before dinner in the early evening. I will be able to accommodate twenty or more. It is the answer to my entertainment prayers. There is a great contractor in Ellsworth who gets accolades. Of course, he was my first choice. I saw examples of his work around town and quickly became convinced that he is the one. He understands design and not just practicality. Everything has to work together in harmony. The materials and colors will offset the look of my home perfectly. It will integrate beautifully he says and I believe him. The woodwork will match the frames on my windows and the flooring is a colorful and exotic tile. The project has a bit of hacienda feeling about it. It was my idea—after looking through dozens of home magazines. I can’t wait to top it all off with hanging plants or trailing vines. It will be lush and green, populated with pops of color.

One thing I have to mention is that one of my requests was to make space for a large outdoor television, after reading about it in Outdoor Light and Sound. This is something I have always wanted as I spend considerable time outside and. Only a diehard TV buff would make this kind of demand; but I don’t want to miss my favorite shows just because I long to sit gazing at the stars. Frankly, I don’t have time to go to On Demand a week later. People who do that find that the programs just keep accumulating until you are lost in a maze of missed episodes.

No, I want to watch when the show first airs and I don’t even know how to record one. I love the summer since it is the optimal time to have an outdoor TV lounge. It is a true open-air extension of the house, right off the family room. You are one minute ensconced on a sofa checking your emails and the next you are two feet away but in an entirely different realm. The TV will be mounted high on the exterior wall where there is sufficient empty space. You will be able to view it from almost any direction. It doesn’t matter since my chairs will be very mobile.

Breaking Up With the Snooze Button

I have a recurring dream that I don’t wake up in the morning and miss the most important day of my life. I am to receive an award from the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and am the first woman to win this coveted prize. Since I am not present, the Chamber decides that I cannot have it and they give it to the second runner up. The press rallies around this person and snaps a million photos for the online newspaper. Congratulations are extensive but there is no mention of my name. I am devastated and suffer many sleepless nights, making my morning ritual even harder.

This dream is a real nightmare and seems so horribly real. I finally wake up, of course, but then I hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. I don’t get another chance. I tell my story to friends and family and no one cares. The dream goes on and on. At the end, I am told it is my own fault and that I should have bought a proper alarm.

Everyone laughs and assures me this scenario could never happen. The Chamber might well give me an award, but I wouldn’t have to be physically present. Everyone understands oversleeping and missing an important event. Nevertheless, I took the dream so seriously that I vowed to break up with the snooze button that very day. In addition, I am going right out to acquire a state of the art wake up light. If you don’t know what this is, let me clue you in. I was as ignorant as anyone until I went online and discovered the benefits at this web site. Such a device is the new way to get up naturally and gently without the blare of the radio or the regular beeping of a noisy alarm. It can be programmed to offer you nature sounds like birds chirping, a waterfall hitting the rocks, or ocean waves lapping ashore. It is one of the best inventions around.

This wonderful item has brought the wake up process into the modern era. No more grumpy mood greeting the new day. You can have any assortment of colored lights you like in several attractive alternating patterns. The best option is a simulated sunrise. It is glorious even though it is rather like being in a fantasyland. Studies show that people prefer this type of system to any other. These alarms are incredibly popular and even sync up with your cell phone for easy remote control. If you fall asleep watching TV, you can get up during the night and with one selection, you can choose the hour to arise.

The wake up light sits neatly on your bed nightstand and doesn’t take up much room. You just need to angle it correctly so that you have full view of the colors in the morning. It is best to close your drapes before bed.

Cowtown Days!

Ellsworth still has the reputation for being something of a ‘cow town’ to this day. Reputations have a way of sticking around, and this is a city that was founded that way initially. Ellworth was called the ‘The Wickedest Cattletown in Kansas,’ and some people might still be proud of a nickname like that today.

Obviously, there are some people who are really excited about the economic aspects of the cow town days of Ellsworth. However, most people are interested in the area because of all of the wild stories about the cowboys who ran the place back in the 1860’s and the 1870’s.

When people call the historical Ellsworth one of the wickedest cattle towns in the United States, they really aren’t talking about all of the great economic opportunities in the area. They’re talking about the behavior of the cowboys who had too much power and freedom in the area for so long.

Cowboys would get drunk all the time and shoot each other. Lots of people died in these shootouts. During this time period in the West and throughout a good portion of the less populous United States, there was a certain rhythm to the way things worked. There would be some sort of economic reason for people to settle in a particular area. They would, and the brothels, gambling halls, and saloons would show up and completely transform the area.

A lot of the cowboys that came to Ellsworth were ultimately just passing through, since this was largely an area where the cows were transported and not an area where the cows were raised. This meant that there were fewer consequences associated with any of the behaviors of many of the cowboys that made it there, and this had an effect on whether or not they would start to get disorderly. Many of them were more or less unleashed by the freedom that they enjoyed in this area, and they were away from most of their long-term responsibilities elsewhere.

People tend to erase the fact that prostitution was a huge part of life in the Old West. Open prostitution was just as common. There was really no hiding it, and the women needed to be able to work out in the open in a lot of cases just in order to really get the business that the needed. Prostitution was so common in Ellsworth that it was more or less the most thriving industry that didn’t involve agriculture in some way or another.

The crime in Ellsworth was just as rampant, and many of the local law enforcement officials struggled when it came to almost anything related to keeping all of the drunken cowboys and their followers under control. The ex-Union Army soldier E. W. Kingsbury became the local sheriff back in 1868. He was more or less in charge of making sure that the entire county ran smoothly, which meant that there was only so much that he could do in the small city of Ellsworth itself. That tough task was left up to the local marshals, and the drunk cowboys had a tendency to outnumber them dramatically.

One of the most notable marshals was Will Semans. He tried to stop a ‘disorderly’ man in a dance hall. Given the now-euphemistic language of the time, people today could only speculate what the man in question was doing. Will Semans’s efforts might have been genuinely heroic, but he died for them, getting shot and killed on September 26, 1869. This was a common experience for the marshals who tried to police the city of Ellsworth.

Everyone has heard of certain outlaws in the Old West. There should be more press about the outlaws known as Craig and Johnson, who quickly became infamous throughout Ellsworth. These two outlaws became armed robbers on their worst days, and bullies on their best days. They managed to rule the town on the level that even the drunken and disorderly cowboys could not manage. It is a testament to the power of the marshal Will Semans that Johnson and Craig managed to operate so much more overtly the moment that the marshal died, as if they decided that it was now open season on all criminals.

However, it should be noted that vigilante groups and ‘citizen’s groups’ were much more common during this time period. The citizens of Ellsworth got together, formed a vigilante group, and got Craig and Johnson hanged close to Smoky Hill River.

Chauncey Whitney managed to take over as the local lawman, even though he did not just operate in Ellsworth. He was good at the job and people genuinely liked him for the most part. The crime rate in Ellsworth began to decline by the 1870’s or so. This was partly as a result of the efforts of Chauncey Whitney and other people deeply concerned about the law. However, this was just partly a result of the fact that the cowboys did not have a tendency to show up in Ellsworth when the stockyard was gone.

Abilene, Kansas and Dodge City became the new cow towns of the area. Ellsworth was not able to switch to a new economic field in time in many cases, and this just meant that a lot of people involved with the area had to move and go elsewhere after the local economy of Ellsworth changed.

Ellsworth has managed to survive to this day. The people who believed that the loss of the stockyards would mean the end of Ellsworth were wrong. The fact that the area is still around after over a century is always impressive, and this may be the case for a while. Heritage tourism is helping to keep the place alive, and a lot of people are working to preserve the wonder of these sorts of small towns.

Being Neighborly

Here in Ellsworth, a supportive community, we are devoted to helping others no matter what the problem. Someone may need a volunteer to take an elderly person to the doctor or assist with house repair. If a family doesn’t have the means to handle a situation, they know who to call. We stand ready to roll especially in an emergency. There might be a roof leak, a broken garden sprinkler, an oil spill in the garage, or a front door lock that doesn’t work. Let’s say the hot water goes out after the water heater breaks. In no time flat, we assess the damages and replace the item. In most cases, if this happens with an old, rusty monster of a water heater, we find the best tankless water heater under our budget with funds from private donors. Many of them are local businesses. We are grateful for their concern.

Periodically, we have fairs, expos, and auctions with raffles, to raise funds for our town. All it takes is one person like you to start the ball rolling. You will immediately see people jumping on the band wagon. Charity is in their blood. I am a big advocate of the volunteer system so as to avoid taxing local services. They are busy enough. We have signs and receptacles in many walk-in shops on Main Street and you would be surprised at how many coins add up to real money. These displays remind people of our cause and they often call the phone number shown to donate more. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts get into the picture as do various church groups. There is so much generosity although we can always use more. Get active in your community and feel the pride.

Since I mentioned the tankless water heating system, I should tell you that this kind of thing is often given to us by a friendly company, and it is nor for publicity. It is a selfless act. Not everything has a money motive. Otherwise, I would not be as optimistic as I am about my community. I know that I can count on my friends and neighbors when asked.

There are many things you can do if you do not have the excess funds yourself. You can ask people you know if you explain the cause and are ready to show proof of charitable status. You can have a bake sale at the local high school or park. Participating friends will likely donate more than a cake or pie. You can also sell scrap metal collected on a neighborhood hunt. Kids will be happy to participate. Tell them it is a kind of cleanup campaign. They get the picture at a very young age. Get creative about fundraising and brainstorm ideas with friends and family. Think of a garage sale full of fun and practical items such as tools, appliances, used clothing and shoes. You can also have a softball tournament. Games always bring out the donors. The point is to do something.

Recreation in Ellsworth

Many people who are moving to Ellsworth for the first time might not know how to entertain themselves, but plenty of local individuals should be able to help them out with that. This is an area that has a fairly even age distribution for the people who are afraid that the area will be either too young or too old for them.

There are some senior citizens, some teenagers, and some middle-aged people. The young adult population is actually one of the largest, so people in their twenties, thirties, and early forties should be able to make friends. This is a city where the men outnumber the women fairly dramatically, since over sixty percent of the population is male.

For one thing, the people who are really curious about the history of Ellsworth are encouraged to check out many of the different landmarks from the colorful past of the area. This is a city that has managed to keep itself going for a long time, and that means that there is a clear line between the distant history of Ellsworth and today. People are encouraged to see that for themselves, and this will help them stay more connected to the area.

The shopping opportunities in Ellsworth are surprisingly numerous, for one thing. A lot of people will actually just go an hang out at some of the different Ellsworth stores. This is a place where people will tend to know most of the employees as well as the store owners, so this is going to have an effect on whether or not they will shop in a place at a certain time and how they will interact with the employees.

Some people will go and hang out at Casey’s General Store eating pizza, sandwiches, and various bakery items. This is a store that is more or less a restaurant and a convenience store at the same time. Ellsworth may not be the ideal place for the people who are really enthusiastic about having a lot of different restaurant options. However, it is still possible to get some homemade baked goods and meals that are not available anywhere else. Lots of people who are used to restaurant food all throughout the country might be eager to try some home cooking, and that is something that is much easier to get in Ellsworth.

A Brief History of Ellsworth

Not a lot of people are familiar with Ellsworth, Kansas. Many people outside of Kansas have a tendency to lump all of Kansas together. Ellsworth, Kansas has a story that is tightly connected to many of the major developments in nineteenth century culture.

The story of Ellsworth officially started back in 1864. Many people moved to Ellsworth when it was first constructed as a result of railroad speculation. It was incorporated in 1867. By this point in time, there were around two thousand people in the city of Ellsworth.

Sure enough for the people interested in the development of railroads, the Kansas Pacific Railroad had stockyards in Ellsworth and a stop. This managed to open up Ellsworth in an entirely new way. Many of the cattle that were present in Ellsworth in these areas did not come from Ellsworth, of course. They were shipped up from Texas. From Ellsworth, they were shipped to a good portion of the existing major cattle markets throughout the United States.

One of the things that really made Ellsworth a cow town in the first place was the fact that the cowboys of the time seemed to be the leaders of it for a little while. After all, these were the people who needed to work with the cattle, and this was an area where cattle were traded. It made sense that this would give them a certain degree of authority in general.

This situation was relatively short-lived, of course, which is to be expected during a time period of tremendous social change and upheaval. Kansas Pacific moved everything to a different location in 1875 and the cattle pens were all closed down for good. Within another decade, there was no cattle trade in the area.

Many people who travel to Ellsworth today are specifically interested in the nineteenth century history of Ellsworth. It is truly a popular site for heritage tourism. It is true that in an area with a relatively low nineteenth century population, only so many people are going to be able to trace their heritage to Ellsworth.

However, when people research their ancestry in the United States, they will often find that they had some relatives in small nineteenth century towns of some kind. If they can trace their relatives back to Ellsworth, they will only have so many options for who their relatives were. Many people who had nineteenth century relatives had farmers, loggers, and other people who worked in those industries as ancestors. Some people might have had rowdy cowboys as ancestors if they can trace everything back to Ellsworth.

Shopping in the Area

Some people might assume that Ellsworth, Kansas does not have a lot of opportunities for the people who are interested in shopping. Indeed, this might not be the place for the fashion plates who are really interested in being able to get all of the latest clothes and who are curious about the latest trends. However, that doesn’t mean that shopping in Ellsworth isn’t fun or that this is a terrible place for shoppers. It’s just a great place for a different kind of shopper.

For one thing, a lot of people are interested in the rare goods that are really hard to find. In the age of online shopping, these people have had an easier time in general with finding all sorts of different things that they never would have been able to find elsewhere. However, for online shopping to work, people really need to know what they are looking for in general. Often times, if people don’t even get the keywords right, they are not going to actually get what they want online.

Sometimes, in order to find a lot of really great things, people just need to go to a place that sells a lot of great stuff. The Ellsworth Antique Mall might be able to do the trick for a lot of people. You can walk around the Ellsworth Antique Mall, and you will be able to find something that is really unique and that will be hard to find in most other places, and that can make all the difference in the world.

Lots of the stores in Ellsworth have a multi-purpose feel to them. Orscheln Farm & Home, for instance, is technically an animal feed store that sells to all of the different farmers in the area. However, this is also a place that sells a lot of stuff for the home. It also sells clothes. As such, you don’t actually need to have a farm in order to go there. This is an area that does a lot with a little, and that applies to the shopping as well.

Cowtown Days!

Ellsworth still has the reputation for being something of a ‘cow town’ to this day. Reputations have a way of sticking around, and this is a city that was founded that way initially. Ellworth was called the ‘The Wickedest Cattletown in Kansas,’ and some people might still be proud of a nickname like that today.

Obviously, there are some people who are really excited about the economic aspects of the cow town days of Ellsworth. However, most people are interested in the area because of all of the wild stories about the cowboys who ran the place back in the 1860’s and the 1870’s.

When people call the historical Ellsworth one of the wickedest cattle towns in the United States, they really aren’t talking about all of the great economic opportunities in the area. They’re talking about the behavior of the cowboys who had too much power and freedom in the area for so long.

Cowboys would get drunk all the time and shoot each other. Lots of people died in these shootouts. During this time period in the West and throughout a good portion of the less populous United States, there was a certain rhythm to the way things worked. There would be some sort of economic reason for people to settle in a particular area. They would, and the brothels, gambling halls, and saloons would show up and completely transform the area.

A lot of the cowboys that came to Ellsworth were ultimately just passing through, since this was largely an area where the cows were transported and not an area where the cows were raised. This meant that there were fewer consequences associated with any of the behaviors of many of the cowboys that made it there, and this had an effect on whether or not they would start to get disorderly. Many of them were more or less unleashed by the freedom that they enjoyed in this area, and they were away from most of their long-term responsibilities elsewhere.

People tend to erase the fact that prostitution was a huge part of life in the Old West. Open prostitution was just as common. There was really no hiding it, and the women needed to be able to work out in the open in a lot of cases just in order to really get the business that the needed. Prostitution was so common in Ellsworth that it was more or less the most thriving industry that didn’t involve agriculture in some way or another.

The crime in Ellsworth was just as rampant, and many of the local law enforcement officials struggled when it came to almost anything related to keeping all of the drunken cowboys and their followers under control. The ex-Union Army soldier E. W. Kingsbury became the local sheriff back in 1868. He was more or less in charge of making sure that the entire county ran smoothly, which meant that there was only so much that he could do in the small city of Ellsworth itself. That tough task was left up to the local marshals, and the drunk cowboys had a tendency to outnumber them dramatically.

One of the most notable marshals was Will Semans. He tried to stop a ‘disorderly’ man in a dance hall. Given the now-euphemistic language of the time, people today could only speculate what the man in question was doing. Will Semans’s efforts might have been genuinely heroic, but he died for them, getting shot and killed on September 26, 1869. This was a common experience for the marshals who tried to police the city of Ellsworth.

Everyone has heard of certain outlaws in the Old West. There should be more press about the outlaws known as Craig and Johnson, who quickly became infamous throughout Ellsworth. These two outlaws became armed robbers on their worst days, and bullies on their best days. They managed to rule the town on the level that even the drunken and disorderly cowboys could not manage. It is a testament to the power of the marshal Will Semans that Johnson and Craig managed to operate so much more overtly the moment that the marshal died, as if they decided that it was now open season on all criminals.

However, it should be noted that vigilante groups and ‘citizen’s groups’ were much more common during this time period. The citizens of Ellsworth got together, formed a vigilante group, and got Craig and Johnson hanged close to Smoky Hill River.

Chauncey Whitney managed to take over as the local lawman, even though he did not just operate in Ellsworth. He was good at the job and people genuinely liked him for the most part. The crime rate in Ellsworth began to decline by the 1870’s or so. This was partly as a result of the efforts of Chauncey Whitney and other people deeply concerned about the law. However, this was just partly a result of the fact that the cowboys did not have a tendency to show up in Ellsworth when the stockyard was gone.

Abilene, Kansas and Dodge City became the new cow towns of the area. Ellsworth was not able to switch to a new economic field in time in many cases, and this just meant that a lot of people involved with the area had to move and go elsewhere after the local economy of Ellsworth changed.

Ellsworth has managed to survive to this day. The people who believed that the loss of the stockyards would mean the end of Ellsworth were wrong. The fact that the area is still around after over a century is always impressive, and this may be the case for a while. Heritage tourism is helping to keep the place alive, and a lot of people are working to preserve the wonder of these sorts of small towns.