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Fairfield Inn Hays
377 Mopar Drive
Hays, KS 67601 US

Hampton Inn HaysNorth of I70
4002 General Hays Rd
Hays, KS 67601

Quality Inn Hays
2810 Vine St
Hays, KS 67601

Hays-Days Inn
3205 Vine St
Hays, KS 67601

Hays Ambassador Hotel & Conference Center
3603 Vine Street
Hays, KS 67601

Super 8 Hays Ks
3730 Vine St
Hays, KS 67601

Baymont Inn And Suites Hays
Hays, KS 67601

Comfort Inn And Suites Hays
1001 E. 41st St.
Hays, KS 67601

Sleep Inn And Suites Hays
1011 E 41st St
Hays, KS 67601

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About Hays

The college town of Hays, Kansas, is the county seat of Ellis County and the home of Fort Hays State University. The latest census showed the population of Hays to be 20,510. Hays is the economic center and largest city in northwestern Kansas.

The origins of the town of Hays go back to the frontier defenses of Fort Hays. In 1866, there was anticipation of the Kansas Pacific Railway building to Fort Hays, so a group from St. Louis claimed three sections of land for a new settlement. Buffalo Bill Cody saw an opportunity for business and founded the settlement of Rome near the fort, which had moved closer to the railroad. However, Rome collapsed and its residents and businesses moved to Hays City in 1867.

Many famous figures from Wild West lore had ties to Hays in its early days. Among these famous citizens were George A. Custer, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, who actually served as the town's sheriff for a time in the early years of the town. The town was especially known as a violent locale, with over 30 murders in the first few years of its history. Russian Germans began arriving in the 1870s and brought red winter wheat to the region. Although the government closed Fort Hays in the late nineteenth century as the threat from Indian attacks subsided, the fort property became the beginnings of Fort Hays State University.

Today Interstate 70 provides an important artery through the city, which serves as a transportation hub for this section of Kansas. Most jobs in Hays are related to service industries, although there are also some manufacturing firms that operate out of Hays. The city serves as an economic hub for the outlying agricultural areas, and the residents from these rural towns utilize the services in Hays.