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Pretty Boy Floyd's, fine (and fun) dining in Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Kansas
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210 N. Douglas, Ellsworth
Thursday-Saturday 5-9 p.m.


Pretty Boy Floyd was a gangster in the 1930s.  And, the middle name of the man, Mark Roehrman, who is responsible for cleaning out this historic underground space and converting it into a restaurant is Floyd. 

It all feels a bit mysterious from the alley entrance... the downstairs entryway, the decor, the stone walls.  When we went, Josie had it all decorated for Halloween.

Check out the ceiling joists and the rugged bar made by Mark.

The back dining room is in the old underground bowling alley.  The other part of the dining room has booths and provides a more intimate setting.

The hand-cut rib-eye was served with a sweet potato, a side of stuffed crab, mixed vegetables, and herb butter that you just wanted to keep lathering on to the warm rolls.

Even the silverware was impressive -- heavy and monogrammed!

The chicken-fried steak is hand-battered and the white cheddar mashed potatoes were made from scratch.

The presentation of the chocolate lava cake made it even more tantalizing!

Laura made sure we had everything we needed for a terrific experience.  Mark and Josie, you've done a great job!

Hopefully you can go to Pretty Boy Floyd's soon!  KE #2, Marci

We're going to every town in the state to research for our next guidebook.  It will come out late in 2015 but we couldn't wait to share what we're finding!  We hope this blog will encourage you to get out on the road and explore Kansas!  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.



Ellsworth, historically and structurally sound!

Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth is a thriving community -- 3,120 people happily live in this county seat of Ellsworth County.

An observer would easily notice that history is the constant backdrop for the rituals of every day life in Ellsworth.  In front of the 1953 Ellsworth County Courthouse (210 N. Kansas) stands a classic Civil War statue memorials.

You can learn about the town's history by following the historical walking tour, starting at S. Main and Douglas.  Seventeen numerical signs and iron cut-outs will inform you about the cowtown days of 1867 to 1885.

The old “Insurance Building” with its signature oriel window is Ellsworth's landmark historical building, located at 210 N. Douglas.  The plan is for this restored building to someday be home to the National Drovers Hall of Fame.

The Dakota Sandstone Livery Stable is one of the buildings on the Hodgden House Museum complex, 104 S.W. Main.  The complex is open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Because it's off the main drag, finding the old-time Preisker Park, 3rd and Blake, is a nice surprise.  It includes a 1940 National Youth Administration bandshell, a rock-lined creek, and a series of bridges -- a nostalgic and lovely place!

There is much to soak in at the Old Ellsworth Cemetery at 402 W. Douglas.  The "comfort station" at the north end of the cemetery is a 1938 National Youth Administration structure.  And, at the gazebo you'll find graves located in a circular fashion.

Some famous people buried here are Levi and Agnes Sternberg, Colonel Henry Inman, and Confederate Captain Millet.

Have you ever heard of Mother Bickerdyke, one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People finalists?  She was a beloved nurse for the Union soldiers during the Civil War. 

Up on a hillside west of town you'll find the Mother Bickerdyke Memorial Cemetery, a resting place just for many of her Civil War nurses and wives of Civil War veterans.  "Mother" is not buried here.  The list of those buried is on the tall granite stone. 

From K-156, go west on K-14 and take the first turn north on Avenue L.  Follow the sand road past the TV towers to the hilltop cemetery.

Downtown Ellsworth is looking great.  Nice sidewalks, benches, flags, and landscaping frame the many historic buildings. 

You'll get hungry while exploring Ellsworth.  Some good places to go are Paden's Place (120 N. Douglas), Pretty Boy Floyd's, Spooner's (210 N. Douglas), Ellsworth Steakhouse (1416 Foster Road), and K.C.'s Restaurant (616 W. 15th).

Structurally speaking, you'll find many interesting buildings throughout the business district and residential areas.  Pictures include the oldest church in the city (left, 322 N. Douglas), the 1921 hospital (middle, 300 Kingsley) and (right, the old jail, 1st and Court).

This blog just shows a small sample of all there is to see and do in Ellsworth.  If you love history and architecture, that should be enough to get you to come to Ellsworth!

See you down down the road, or in some cemetery...
Kansas Explorer #2, Marci

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Written by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for a guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now!  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.