When citizens of "rough and ready" Hays picked up and moved East to Dodge City - they took the name "Boot Hill," with them.
Hays City was the original "lawless" town in the area. This was for a time the western terminus of the Kansas and Pacific Railroad.
Here on the corner of 18th and Fort (within city limits) is what is known as Boot Hill. It is estimated that here were buried about 70 people who died violent deaths. There was no ceremony - just leave their boots on and throw them on the pile.
Some bodies have since been moved. Some they say are still here.
The Stone Gallery at 107 1/2 W. 6th St. is the most interesting place in Hays. It is owned by local sculptor Pete Felten (if you've driven through Hays you've seen his limestone sculptures all over town). Not only does he have a vast collection of his own works, he also showcases local artists as well. His place is open when he's around so it's best to call first to make sure someone's there. The number is 625-7619. The best thing about Pete's Gallery is Pete himself. He is a fantastic artist and knows more about Hays history than anyone I know. He lives next door to me and told me all about the house I live in, who built it, when, etc. Don't pass up a chance to talk to him if you can!