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- Mt. Allen Historical Cemetery Tour
Mt. Allen Historical Cemetery Tour
The Historical Cemetery Map (PDF) shows the grave markers for twelve individuals who are noteworthy in the history of Hays, have rather interesting stories or have unique looking grave markers. Visitors are welcome to access the cemetery on the south side near 26th and Pine. As you stroll through the cemetery you might want to look for the grave marker showing the person with the earliest date of birth and those who were born on your same date of birth. In text of this section, Hays was established as "Hays City" in 1867, but the word "City" was officially dropped from the name Hays City in 1885.
Burial #1 - Clara Allen
Block 1 Lot 15 - The first burial at Mount Allen Cemetery was Clara Allen, the daughter of Martin Allen.
Burial #2 - Simon Motz
Block 1 Lot 1- Simon Motz was an early Hays pioneer who ran a general store and later became involved in politics.
Burial #3 - I.M. Yost
Block 1 Section 4 - I.M. Yost was one of Ellis County's prominent pioneer businessmen.
Burial #4 - Peter & Sophia Johnson
Block 1 Lot 62 - Peter and Sophia Johnson were immigrants from Denmark. After living in several mid-western states, they moved their family from Iowa and came to Ellis County in 1886.
Burial #5 - George F. Foreman
Block 1 Lot 13 - George F. Foreman was one of thirteen surviving veterans of the Civil War known to have lived and/or died in Hays.
Burial #6 - Nicholas Voss
Block 1 Lot 12 - Nicholas Voss notably documented early Hays through his photography.
Burial #7 - Jack Downing
Block 1 Lot 7 - If you notice a grave marker with a statue of a little boy and a dog, then you have found the resting place of five year old Jack Downing.
Burial #8 - James Reeder
Block 2 Lot 27 - James Reeder was one of the early pioneers of Hays City and was an attorney with the law firm Nelson & Reeder.
Burial #9 - Alexander Ramsey
Block 2 Lot 5 - Alex Ramsey was the Sheriff of Ellis County at the time, and his duties lead him down the path of chasing horse thieves on the summer evening of his death.
Burial #10 - Lt. Edwin P. Eckerson
Block 2 Lot 36 - Learn about the lieutenant that served in the 7th Cavalry under George Custer.
Burial #11 - Baby Alma
Block 5 Lot 86 - The story behind the young girl that is buried with only a simple headstone and the words "Baby Alma – Age 17 yrs." is a fascinating yet odd occurrence that happened here in 1918.