County Seat: Coldwater
· 1,967 (2000)
· 2,313 (1990)
· 1,619 (1900)
Area: 788 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: CM
Bluff Creek and the Cimarron River join in the southwest
part of the county before disappearing into Oklahoma.
The Salt Fork of the Arkansas River winds
across the southeast corner toward Barber County.
Organized February 27, 1885.
County seat Coldwater.
Named from the Indian tribe of that name.
The county was first organized in 1873, under a
general law then in force, and was represented
in the Legislature under that organization in
1874, but that organization was held fraudulent
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Comanche County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Comanche County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Coldwater 792 67029 2112
Protection 558 67127 1850
Wilmore 78 67155 2022
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Comanche County
- The Stan Herd Gallery in downtown Protection (between the library and Don's Place cafe) has some fine examples of his work.
- The Wilmore State Bank is still doing business in its fine old brick building
- Coldwater is proud of the varied recreational opportunities at Lake Coldwater.
- Comanche County Historical Museum (620) 582-2108
105 W. Main, Coldwater, KS 67029
A Stan Herd mural is on the front
Comanche County School Systems
- Comanche County Hospital (620) 582-2144
202 S. Frisco, Coldwater, KS 67029
- Protection Press (620) 622-4288
301 N. Broadway, Protection, KS 67127
- Western Star (620) 582-2101
113 S. Central, Coldwater, KS 67029
More Data About Comanche County
Comanche County Offices
- Comanche County (620) 582-2361
P. O. Box 397, Coldwater, KS 67029
- Extension Service (620) 582-2411
201 S New York, PO Box 577, Coldwater, KS 67029
- WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984 )
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.