| Kinsley is the county seat of
Edwards [ED] County.
It calls itself the "Midway City" because, according to the
sign in the roadside park, it's 1561 miles from both New York
and San Francisco. During the thirties, the cover on one issue of
the Saturday Evening Post featured this sign. The town is located
near the junction of Coon Creek and the Arkansas River. The river
south of here could be jumped by a moderately athletic person.
Downtown Kinsley is really compact with narrow streets. The main street, Sixth Street where the Carnival Mall is, is one-way. City Hall, near downtown is fairly new. South of downtown along highway 183, there is a large city park and fairgrounds. Along East Seventh Street there are many large older homes.
Kinsley has both a country club (south of town) and a trap club (at the airport).
Kinsley is on the Santa Fe trail near where it divides into the "Wet" and "Dry" routes. The army fought a battle against Indians near here at the 1848 batle of Coon Creek to protect this route. The soldiers used "new-fangled" breechloading rifles to defeat the attacking Indians; this seems to be the first use of breechloaders in combat by United States troops.
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108 E. 6th / Kinsley, KS 67547
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