Cowley County is located in southcentral Kansas, less than one hour from Wichita and two hours from Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The area offers rural living adjacent to urban amenities. Two vibrant and thriving retail trade areas, located ten minutes apart in Arkansas City and Winfield, are easier to get to and closer together than most metropolitan shopping malls. Udall, Burden, Dexter, Atlanta, and Cambridge are spunky communities whose downtowns are enjoying rebirth.
Arkansas City and Winfield offer public and private golf courses. Quail Ridge in Winfield is ranked as one of the state's top municipal courses. Swimming, skiing, boating and fishing are available at the Winfield City Lake or nearby Kaw Reservoir. Fishing is also available at the State Lake and along the Walnut and Arkansas rivers. Hunters find a variety of game birds and deer in season. Naturalists can appreciate local flora and fauna at Chaplin Nature Center in Arkansas City or the newly created nature center east of Winfield's Island Park.
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Cowley County.
There is a section on Cowley County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
The site at http://eccchistory.org/ has historical information and pictures of several towns in eastern Cowley County.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Arkansas City, Burden, Dexter, Silverdale, Udall, and Winfield.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Cowley County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Cowley County
Town Population ZIP Founded Elevation ================= ========== ========= ==== ========= Akron 67156 1160 Arkansas City 12762 67005 1870 1100 Atlanta 232 67008 1433 Burden 518 67019 1383 Cambridge 74 67023 1252 Cameron 1125 Dale 1177 Dexter 320 67038 1208 Eaton 1354 Floral 1228 Glen Crouse 1330 Grand Summit 1455 Hackney 1151 Hooser 1370 Kellogg 1177 Maple City 67102 1345 Moxham 1165 New Salem 67156 1247 Parkerfield 300 (est) 2004 Rainbow Bend 1170 Rock 67131 1175 Silverdale 67005 1086 Taussig 1040 Tisdale 1325 Tresham 1161 Udall 824 67146 1267 Vinton 1120 Wilmot 67156 1340 Winfield 11931 67156 1870 1127
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