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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 first location is Dexter City Park during the Dexter BBQ on July 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Other locations and dates to see the Cowley County display are: Cowley County Fair under the grandstands August 3- 7; Atlanta Labor Day, September 4; Burden Dayz at Burden City Park on September 9th; Udall Historical Society Museum September 20-October 8 (during normal operating hours), Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum in Arkansas City October 15-November 12, Cowley County Historical Society Museum in Winfield November 17-December 17.

A special celebration and time capsule ceremony will take place 6:00 p.m., August 4th on the Cowley County Fair’s Midway Stage. Cowley County Historical Society Museum’s historical performers will present “Voices from the Past” highlighting historical characters known to Cowley County.

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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