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Upcoming Signing Project

Cowley County is requesting an expression of interest from engineering consulting firms for preliminary and construction engineering services on a systemic signing improvement project on major collector routes. The selected firm will perform analysis work to determine proper sign placement using engineering principles. Plans will be developed by the firm to implement improvements to regulatory and warning signs on various County roads using State and Federal requirements. Inspection during construction is anticipated to be a part of the services provided. This is a KDOT project that will be funded by KDOT under Project 18 C-4890-01. The selected consulting firm will enter into a three party agreement for services with KDOT and Cowley County. If your firm is interested in submitting a Letter of Interest and a Statement of Qualifications contact the Cowley County Public Works and Engineers Office (see below). A packet of information will then be provided that provides further details including the project location and a list of services to be performed. The purpose of this ad is to determine if you wish to be considered. If your firm is interested in being considered for this you must mail a one page letter of interest to the County office address below. The letter of interest must be received by August 25th, 2017.

Cowley County Engineers Office
311 E 9th Ave – PO Box 464
Winfield, KS 67156
Phone 620/221-5425



Lt. Matthew Cowley to Appear at Cowley County Fair

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Cowley County’s namesake, Lt. Matthew Cowley, will be making a rare appearance at the 2017 Cowley Sesq flyerCounty Fair. As part of the Cowley County’s sesquicentennial this year, a celebration will take place on August 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Midway Stage.

The Cowley County Historical Society Museum “Voices from the Past” will present historical portrayals filled with historical facts and folklore. In addition to Lt. Cowley, being portrayed by Stephen Markley, Col. E.C. Manning (Clyde Vassey) and James Land (Dr. Chris Wilson) will re-enact the heated claim dispute of these influential men.

Brad Beeson of Miles Funeral Home will portray one of the earliest professions during the settlement of Cowley County, funeral director, also known as an undertaker. Prairie Ridge school teacher, Miss Montra (Stephanie Angelmyer), will speak to the parents of her pupils as the new school year kicks off.

A time capsule presentation will end the stage event. A limited number of Cowley County Community Guides and wood nickels commemorating the county’s 150th birthday will be available to the public. A display reflecting on the history of Cowley County will be under the grandstands throughout the fair.

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Cowley County Celebrates Sesquicentennial

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Cowley County is celebrating its 150th birthday throughout 2017. Cowley County was officially organized sesquicentennial_logoand named Hunter County in March 1867 and encompassed a larger territory reserved for the Osage Indians.

The county was soon renamed for Matthew Cowley, first lieutenant in Company I of the 9th Kansas Cavalry, and the boundaries changed to present day Cowley County. The first brave settlers came to stake their claims along pristine waterways and among the rolling Flint Hills when the county opened for settlement in 1870.

To mark the county’s sesquicentennial, a traveling display highlighting Cowley County communities, historical events and local folklore will be on display at summer and fall festivals and community events for the public to view. The first location is Dexter City Park during the Dexter BBQ on July 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Back Road Dining in Cowley County

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For the second summer, the fun dining promotion “Back Road Dining in Cowley County” is kicking off May 6th.  Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County logoEconomic Development has teamed up with five restaurants in Cowley County to offer a chance to win a $25 dining gift certificate.

Those wishing to participate in the Back Road Dining promotion are asked to dine at all five participating restaurants where they can receive a punch card. After eating at all five establishments their completed card will be entered into the free drawing. You may complete the Back Road Dining circuit more than once prior to the conclusion of the promotion on September 10, 2017. Continue Reading

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