DescriptionIn 1884 a group of Kentuckians decided that a town at the junction of two major frontier trails—one from Texas to Fort Dodge, one from Santa Fe, N.M., to Sun City on the Medicine River—would prove profitable. The community took its name from Ashland, Ky., and its livelihood from supplying the countless traders, immigrants, soldiers and cowboys who plied these frontier throughways.
Its reputation for unruliness gone with the cattle drives, Ashland serves as a center of government and commerce for the surrounding Red Hills wheat farms and cattle ranches. On the east side of the courthouse at 9th and Highland streets, historic trails and other points of interest in Clark County are indicated on a 20-foot-high engraved relief map.
West of town, northeast of the intersection of US 160 and US 283, lie Big and Little basins. Both basins are sinkholes—Kansans call them sinks—created by subsidence as subterranean erosion undermined the surface stratum. Big Basin is 100 feet deep and about a mile wide. Nearby Little Basin is marked by St. Jacob's Well, a 125-foot-wide pool that never has been known to dry. It was a vital watering hole for Native Americans and pioneers. Today bison can be seen wandering the area.
Visitor InfoAshland Chamber of Commerce
Things to SeePioneer-Krier Museum