THE ROOTS OF OUR PAST GROW ELLINWOOD’S FUTURE

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This undated photograph captures a large dust storm about to hit this family's homestead. These storms were frequent occurrences in western Kansas during the 1930s Dust Bowl.

Historic 1930s Dust Bowl as told by former Resident Lucian Doll

'"Lucian Doll remembers being 14 and living on his family farm six miles north of Ellinwood when the storm hit. He was in a field working with a team of horses. "I had four horses pulling a harrow and I can see the horizon was black,"…
Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Special thanks to Museum of Ellinwood and Ellinwood Community Historical Society patron, Marlin Bryant, for donating these photographic documentations of Neighbors helping Neighbors. These photographs depict the…
John Ralph Ellinwood (1838-1909)

John R Ellinwood (1838-1909)

Born in Vermont and son of a nurseryman, John R. Ellinwood was one of the earliest Santa Fe Railroad builders while serving as assistant Chief Engineer under T. J. Peter.  In 1868/1869 Ellinwood began working the line from North Topeka to Carbondale,…

Barton County's First Christmas Tree

“On the night of December 24, 1874, Ellinwood had the first Christmas tree in Barton County. It occurred somewhat after this manner: Our town, being so fortunate as to have five or ten of the most wide-awake, go-ahead ladies to be found in…

The Duck Man of Ellinwood

For years, he was called the “Duck Man.” In 1923, Frank Robl of Ellinwood started banding birds — ducks and geese that he found at Cheyenne Bottoms. It was a hobby. He had a farm on the south shore of what was then called Cheyenne…
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Our New Website

Welcome to the new Ellinwood historical society website and blog.  Here we will be posting the latest news, society info, projects, and the amazing history of Ellinwood.  With a wealth of history, the society aims to educate, inspire, and…
Ellinwood church Kansas History

Sts. Peter and Paul Church

Sts. Peter and Paul Church Honor Award for Excellence in Reconstruction Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Ellinwood (Barton County) The St. Peter and Paul Church was originally built in 1892, replacing the original wood frame church…

Wolf Hotel

The Wolf Hotel was built in 1894 by John Wolf as an addition to the Delmonico Hotel which would have stood just north of the building which is now the Sunflower Bank parking lot. The addition added several rooms to the Hotel along with a new…