Judge Joyce's Court Historical

Judge Joyce's Court Historical (HM1THZ)

Location: Hays, KS 67601 Ellis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.312', W 99° 19.867'

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Marcellus E. Joyce, Union spy during the Civil War and well-known journalist of this day, presided from 1867 to 1868 as justice of the peace for most of the western Kansas. "Chief Justice" Joyce legends unanimously suggest that he frequently made bizarre interpretations of the law. When W.A. "Medicine Bill" Comstock, noted frontier scout, pleaded guilty to a murder charge in 1868, Joyce reportedly said he was a fool for admitting it and discharged him for lack of evidence. During the controversial period in 1869, when J.B. "Wild Bill" Hickok served as Ellis County Sheriff, Joyce again acted as Justice of the Peace and presided at the inquest over Sam Strawhim who Hickok killed on September 27, 1869. Joyce's courthouse stood on this site.

Hays City, Kansas
Placed ByCity of Hays Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Date Added Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 471276 N 4302609
Decimal Degrees38.87186667, -99.33111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.312', W 99° 19.867'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 18.72" N, 99° 19' 52.02" W
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Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001 Main St, Hays KS 67601, US
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