History of Ellsworth
Once called "The Wickedest cattle town in Kansas", the city is named for Fort Ellsworth, which was built in 1867.
Due to speculation on imminent railroad construction, the population of Ellsworth boomed to over two thousand by the time it was incorporated in 1867.
It has since been said, "Abilene, the first, Dodge City, the last, but Ellsworth the wickedest."
Ellsworth was a bustling cattle town for a time during the late 1860s, when the Kansas Pacific Railroad had a stop and stockyards there. Cattle were driven up from Texas to this point, and they shipped to major markets.