Co-founder, with William Rose, in 1867, of the town of Rome, predecessor of Hays.
The townsite of Rome is one mile west of this point (West 12th St., extended), north of the R.R. track and along the west bank of Big Creek. A permanent marker is located on the original site.
The first steps to organize Ellis County were taken at Rome and completed in Hays, Oct. 28, 1867. Governor Samuel J. Crawford appointed William Rose a member of the first Board of County Commissioners.
This memorial, erected by the donors whose names appear on the back panel of this base, was dedicated July 8, 1961.
This statue of "Buffalo Bill" was erected as a memorial to him, to his partner, William Rose, and to the following pioneer settlers of Ellis County, Kansas:
Martin Allen - Justus Bissing - Rev. L. Bell - Tommy Drum - A. D. Gilkeson - Geo. Grant - Michael Haffamier - A. S. Hall - J. B. "Wild Bill" Hickok - M. E. Joyce - H. B. Kohl - Dr. J. H. Middlekauff - Simon Motz - George Philip - Alex Philip - Alex Ramsey - William Ryan - John Schlyer - W. F. Schutte - Clemens Schwaller - Rev. Fr. V. Sommereisen - M. J. R. Treat - Hill P. Wilson - H. Winters - I. M. Yost