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Fort Hays - Graveside Conversations

Fort Hays was active from 1867 until 1889, and during those 22 years, at least 175 people were buried in the fort cemetery. Volunteers will portray several "residents" of the cemetery, and visitors will learn how these people lived and died. Among them are three soldiers who died after being shot, an army laundress who died after a lengthy illness, a young girl who died of typhoid fever, and a woman who visits the grave of a soldier. Local legend Elizabeth Polly, also known as the Blue Light Lady, will also make an appearance.

Admission is $3 adults, $1 students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and under are admitted free. Reservations are required for all attendees. Call 785-625-6812 for reservations. Fort Hays State Historic Site is located at 1472 U.S. Highway 183 Alternate, four miles south of Hays I-70 exit 157 on Highway 183 Alternate.