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Historic Downtown Hays
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NameHistoric Downtown Hays
AddressDowntown Hays 1205 Main
Hays, KS 67601
Brief DescriptionThe red brick streets and historic buildings bring back the excitement of the old fashioned main street.
DescriptionThe oldest destination in Hays is now the newest place to visit! Downtown Hays – the Chestnut Street District has been undergoing a process of restoration driven by the desire to preserve the history and community pride while creating the excitement of the old fashioned main street atmosphere. Today the Chestnut Street District is a great place to meet with friends, dine, shop and enjoy entertainment opportunities

The road in downtown Hays City that is now known as Main Street was originally called Chestnut Street in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The word "City" was officially dropped from the name Hays City in 1885 and by 1930, the streets were renamed at the request of the postal service for a more orderly naming scheme. Chestnut Street was renamed "Main Street". The historic markers, buildings and streets in the Chestnut Street District provide visitors the opportunity to step back in time and relive the history of downtown Hays.

In the 1990s, concerned local citizens formed groups in order to save the buildings of downtown Hays. Until then, many buildings continued to be vacated due to the decaying condition of some of the buildings and also due to business owners seeking locations near the interstate, and out of the downtown area. The Liberty Group, the Downtown Hays Development Corporation, and several other building owners began to revitalize the image of Main Street. Various buildings have been restored and new businesses brought into the historic district of downtown Hays. An important part of the revitalization effort has been to focus on the historic significance of the downtown area. By researching the business and site history of ten individual downtown buildings we hope to add to the existing social, commercial, and architectural history of Hays. These histories help create a comprehensive representation of Hays, therefore aiding people in appreciating the unique local history which surrounds the downtown area, and conceivably sparking the curiosity of patrons to the downtown area and increasing their desire to learn even more history.

The downtown area currently has over 100 thriving businesses that provide numerous goods, services or entertainment options. Visitors can shop for furniture, antiques, gifts, crafts, scrapbook supplies, sporting goods, clothes, merchandise for children, office supplies, beauty products and electronics. There are several unique specialty stores that sell hobby items and costumes, jewelry, skateboarding merchandise, flowers, music supplies and a Christian bookstore. If dining and entertainment is what you prefer, then you’ll love our microbrewery and old fashioned diner, coffee house, bakery shops and bars that feature live music. A 50’s style movie theatre entertainment option features a nostalgic and fun atmosphere with full food and bar services, outdoor patio, dance floor, cigar/martini room, 50’s style bar and a movie screen for watching classic movies or sporting events on the big screen.
Phone 1(785) 621-4171
Handicapped AccessibleNo
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Last Updated11/13/2017
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