Central Kansas Bank to House Drovers Museum

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ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ A central Kansas bank that financed people who moved cattle from Texas to Kansas more than 120 years ago will be the home to a museum honoring the drovers.

A $6 million project has helped fix up the empty historic building that had fallen into disrepair. The Ellsworth-based National Drovers Hall of Fame Association expects to have the interior renovated and open in 2010 or 2011.

Historian Jim Gray said cattlemen favored hard currency such as gold and were hesitant to work with banks when Ellsworth was established as a town in the 1860s.

A decade later the Powers family moved to Ellsworth and opened a bank, launching a relationship with many of the drovers. The bank operated for nearly a decade until a new owner bought it and changed the name.

Information from: The Hutchinson News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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