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The town's name comes from the fort that was established to protect the railroad and to periodically punish the Indians who by the late 19th century had become something of a nuisance on the frontier. What is left of the fort has now been restored and protected as a museum.
Downtown of Hays is surprisingly dull considering this a university town and the sizeable inventory of old brick commercial buildings. It's also surprising that Hays is so quiet downtown, given its the only town of significant size along I-70 in west Kansas. However, there are brick paved streets and lots of old brick buildings and other things to see downtown if one has an hour or so to kill. The wild west pioneer town of sheriff Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill is well documented by historic signs downtown, informing the visitor that what is quiet and peaceful today was once riotous and wild.
The liberal arts college has a lovely campus with early 20th century buildings made of locally quarried limestone. The University is along a creek and is not far from the fort.
Hays has a population of only 20,000, but the university is a substantial enrollment of 9,000 student. Thus, the... more travel advice
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