In the years after the Civil War, the early settlers came to Kansas and found the prairies nearly treeless. As they plowed the sod, they found limestone, which they called greenhorn. This was a ready made building material. As time prevailed the settlers cleaned off the stone and quarried it into building materials. They used the stone to build homes, barns, corrals, and fence posts.
The following items on this page are handmade from native Kansas limestone. Due to the nature of this stone, no two pieces are exactly alike. Therefore, the piece you receive may vary slightly in appearance from those shown here. Also, all dimensions are approximate due to the uniqueness of the final product.
SP08A Fence Line Business Card Holder $18.00
This model of a limestone post and barbed wire fence line offers a rustic way to dispense or display your business cards. Also features a "Hays, KS" insignia. Dimensions: 3" deep, 5" wide and 4.5" tall.
Each pair of bookends is unique.
The stone color varies just like the fence posts that line the fields.
SP01C Stone Post Bookends-Large $28.00/pair
These unique bookends will add a little rustic flair to your bookshelves. Each bookend measures 7"x6.5''x3.75".
SP03 Fence Line Wire Sampler $19.00
This model of a limestone post and barbed wire fence line features three types of barbed wire. Approximate dimensions: 3 " deep, 6.25 " wide and 5" tall.
SP08 Fence Line Business Card Holder $18.00
This model of a limestone post and barbed wire fence line offers a rustic way to dispense or display your business cards. Dimensions: 3" deep, 5" wide and 4.5" tall.
SP04 Large Stone Post Business Card Holder $17.00
This corner post replica features a limestone ledge that makes it handy for holding or dispensing your business cards. Dimensions: 5"x5"x3"
SP05 Stone Post Business Card Holder $13.00
SP16 Plain Stone Post Business Card Holder $10.00
A corner post replica features a limestone ledge that makes it handy for holding or dispensing your business cards. This small card holder measures 4"x4"x2.5"
SP31 Painted Limestone Sunflower $50.00
This large limestone piece features three large colorfully painted sunflowers. It would make a perfect addition to or beginning of your collection of limestone art. Dimensions: 13"x14"x3.25"
SP32 Stone Post Paperweight Hays, KS $7.00
A limestone paperweight that can be a great reminder of your trip to Hays, KS. Dimensions: 2 3/4" X 3" X 1 1/2
Any questions, please contact the museum:
Ellis County Historical Society 100 West 7th Street Hays, Kansas 67601 Phone: 785-628-2624 Fax: 785-628-0386