The Oldest Restaurant In Kansas Has A Truly Incredible History

You have heard about the amazing menu, seen the photos, and maybe even eaten there a time or two… but do you know the fascinating history behind the restaurant that is not only the oldest in Kansas, but west of the Mississippi?

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When Daniel Boone’s great-grandson Seth Hays first moved to the Council Grove area, it was already heavily populated by those traveling along the busy Santa Fe Trail. Soon after moving, he decided to start a trading post and restaurant business to serve both locals and travelers, and in-turn built a log cabin to house his enterprise. The building was finished in 1857 and soon became a popular spot to buy not only necessities and a good meal, but to also collect mail, hold court hearings, see a show, drink moonshine and go to church. In 1886, a fire ravished most of Council Grove’s Main Street; however, Hays House was saved by the locals who had come to view the establishment as their second home.

Today, the historic restaurant features home cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner options in a fun Old West setting. For more information on hours, reservations, and menu options, be sure to visit the Hays House website.

Discover even more historic Kansas restaurants by clicking on These 11 Amazing Kansas Restaurants Are Loaded With Local History.