Ellis County, KS 150th Anniversary Rifle
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Only 150 individually numbered rifles will be made!
24 Karat Gold-Plated on the receiver cover and buttplate with a satin finish
Engraved on a fully-functional Henry Golden Boy chambered in .22LR
Made and Engraved in the USA!
Ellis County, Kansas – 1867-2017 – 150 year Anniversary
Ellis County, Kansas – The place you call home. In 1803, most of what is now Kansas, was acquired by the United States from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854 the Kansas Territory was organized and in 1861 Kansas became the 34th state. Ellis County was founded in 1867 and was named for George Ellis, first lieutenant of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry. In 1867, Ft. Hays was established and named after Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays. The Kansas Pacific Railroad had plans to come to the area and there were some who decided to establish a town site. The first were William F. Cody, who was buffalo hunting for the railroad and a partner named William Rose, who established the town site of Rome in June of 1867. By the end of July, it had 2000 residents. Cody and Rose made a fatal mistake when they refused to take Dr. William Webb as a partner. He had the authority to establish town sites for the railroad and he platted Hays City on the opposite side of Big Creek about 1 mile east of Rome. A year later, there was nothing left of Rome. Hays prospered after the railroad arrived.
Hays was one of the deadliest places in the old west. It became the outfitting station for all wagon trains following the Smoky Hill Trail east. It became the railhead for which thousands of cattle driven northward from Texas to be shipped east. Notorious characters flocked there, giving the place a terrible reputation. Saloons and brothels flourished and the better element of the community was powerless. The early history is one of bloodshed and that class of desperados placed very little value on human life. Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane and George Armstrong Custer walked the streets. They all lived there for a while. Wild Bill Hickok served as a “Special Marshall” from 1867 to 1869. Known for daring and recklessness, expertness in getting the “drop” and sureness of aim, others dreaded him. Believing he was the best one to protect the law-abiding, the citizens employed him to help clear the town. He killed 4 and wounded several others. After killing 2 soldiers, he fled to Abilene. Vigilantes decided to deal out punishment to all offenders. This had the effect of driving many of the evil-doers away. In Hays there is a cemetery known as “Boot Hill.” This is the original burial place for those who died violent deaths – in gunfights or other aggressive manners. These were buried without ceremony, with their boots on.
People came to settle here, like you and your Family, seeking a new life of Freedom and Prosperity. They helped make Ellis County, Kansas what it is today – a great place to raise a family!
Heroes and Patriots is proud to Celebrate this very special 150th Anniversary with you! Beautifully engraved on a Henry Golden Boy .22LR rifle with 24Karat Gold-Plating on the receiver cover and buttplate with a Satin Finish, this fine rifle will become a treasured Heirloom worthy of passing down through your Family for many generations. Makes a great gift for Birthdays, Holidays, Retirement, Bonuses for Executives and Employees, Fundraising events and so much more! Ask us how when you call.
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