Archives for History

Thof’s Dragon

“Thof’s Dragon” or How a Western Kansas fossil swam into American History! The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is working on a new exhibit that will feature a cast replica of a 40-foot plesiosaur that is one of the most famous fossils in history. It is essential to knowledge of the Cretaceous Inland Sea that once covered...

Frederick Henry Harvey

New York City, 1850- Fifteen-year-old Frederick Henry Harvey stepped off the boat from England in New York City. The son of Scotch and English parents was already a youth of confidence and ambition; he had decided to make his fortunes in America, starting with the ten dollars he possessed to his name. He found a...

Billy Comstock

Billy Comstock’s fame as a scout and frontiersman had spread far and wide by the summer of 1868. He was but 26 years of age, with the experiences of a man twice his age. Undoubtedly, he would have become an American legend on the order of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok had his...

Colorful Characters of Sheridan

A Harper’s Weekly correspondent wrote vividly of the colorful characters inhabiting Sheridan. One was named “Ascension Stephen,” due to his following of the Millerite Christian sect that had set 1844 as the year that Christ would return. Stephen would climb the Twin Buttes on occasion to wait expectantly, carrying a saloon tablecloth.. According to the...

Ghost Town of Sheridan

How much do you know about the ghost town of Sheridan? This notorious railroad town sprang up just to the east of what we call the Twin Buttes in Logan County. In existence for 15 months in the years 1868-1869, it attracted a population of 2,000 rowdy souls during the time that the Kansas Pacific Railroad...