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Cowley County Celebrates Sesquicentennial

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 final location is Cowley County Historical Society Museum, 1011 Mansfield St, Winfield from November 18 through December 30. The display will be available for public viewing during the museum’s normal operating hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Questions regarding the Cowley County Sesquicentennial events and activities, contact the county administrators office (620) 221-5402; (620) 441-4502 or Cowley First (620) 221-9951; (620) 442-3094 or email cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org.

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