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.

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.

Other locations and dates to see the Cowley County display are: Cowley County Fair under the grandstands Continue Reading

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

Upcoming Festivals & Events

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New Attraction at Cambridge

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Thee Chapel

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Thee Chapel

1/8 mile east of Cambridge on Hwy 160

620.221.9951

The most recent addition opened in 2015. Local residents constructed Thee Chapel from a former oil field house and later a fishing cabin, that was moved to its present location. Thee Chapel was created to an atmosphere of simplicity and reverence of the 1910 era. The pews date back to the era as well as the steeple from a 1900 church in Mulvane. Open to the public from dawn to dusk

Photo credit: Steve Tredway

Dining along the Back Roads of Cowley County

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Cowley County boasts six EXCELLENT Dining Options outside of Ark City and Winfield. We hope you take the short drive and try one of these great  locally owned and operated dining establishments. It is always a good idea to call ahead for updated hours.

Fraley’s Pizza
504 N. Main Street, Burden
620-438-2070
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday: closed
Savor piping-hot made-to-order pizza and wings. Locally owned and operated, Fraley’s Pizza is the perfect place to bring your family and friends. Dine in or carry out. Ample space for meetings or large gatherings.

Grouse Valley Grill
501 N. Hwy K-15, Dexter
620-876-5617
Monday – Saturday: 7 am – 7 pm
Sunday: closed
Homemade biscuits & gravy, hearty breakfasts, freshly made burgers, pizza, a wide selection of tots, fries and breaded veggies. Catering also available.

Lil Red Rooster Café
323 Main Street, Atlanta
620-394-2022
Tuesday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 2 pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am – 3 pm
Monday: closed
Gourmet burger options, made-from-scratch breakfast, dinner specials, gluten-free and healthy choices.  Deli foods also available.

Tacos y Salsas Chihua’s
121 E. 1st, Udall
620-782-3000
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Udall’s newest restaurant, Tacos y Salsas Chihua’s, has all kinds of authentic Mexican food on the menu and some American food being added based on suggestions from customers. Catering is available by calling. A bar will be coming soon.

The Solid Rock Café
301 S. Winfield Street, Rock
620-986-5500
Monday: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: closed
Made-from-scratch meals fill their menu. Be sure to try the chicken-fried steak and homemade pies. Don’t miss the Saturday night specials.

The Sassy Lady Café and Antiques
503 Elm Street, Burden
620-438-2040
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
This quaint café offers variety of items for breakfast to dinner including freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Sandwiches and Panini made-to-order on home-baked bread and a traditional Sunday dinner are just a few reasons to visit the Sassy Lady. While there, don’t forget that this place is also an antique shop, so be sure to check out the antiques and vintage items for sale!

Cowley County Waterfall

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Waterfall at Cowley State Fishing Lake

In 2014, Yahoo Travel named the Cowley County Waterfall in the “Top 12 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in America”. Located west of Dexter at 20467 US Hwy 166 at the Cowley State Fishing Lake, the waterfall can be seen at the far north-west side of the lake property.

Call 620-876-5730 or visit kdwpt.state.ks.us for more information, or check out the map that shows its location at lake at kansastravel.org page.

Museums in Cowley County

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Several museums in Cowley County boasts a wonderful array of local historical pieces, artifacts, photos and displays referencing Cowley County and the communities within the County.

Atlanta Caboose-606 5th Street. The Santé Fe Caboose is filled with collections, unique items and local historical memorabilia. Open to the public most Saturdays.

Burden-Eastern Cowley County Historical Society-Open by appointment only-call (620) 438.3384. Inside the  original city hall of Burden local photos, documents, and historical information is accessible and can also be viewed online at www.eccchistory.org.

Udall-The Udall Community Historical Society Museum-109 East First St. 620.782.3004. Open Wed 3-5 pm and Sun 1-3pm. This museum displays artifacts, historical pieces and information related to the history of the City of Udall and surrounding areas. The devastating tornado of 1955 is also memorialized at the museum.

Winfield-Cowley County Historical Society Museum-1011 Mansfield St. 620.221.4811 www.cchsm.com. Open Tues-Sat 1-4 pm. The museum is housed in Bryant School, the last of Winfield’s original elementary school buildings. The museum not only displays artifacts and photos of Winfield and Cowley County but maintains a large inventory of photos, news paper articles and documents.

Arkansas City-Cherokee Strip Museum-31639 Hwy 77 620.442.6750 website Open Wed-Sat 1-5 and Sun 1-4.

The Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum is a historical museum representing the Land Rush of 1893, Chilocco Indian School, BNSF, Warren Bunkhouse, and pioneer artifacts, among other historical events impacting the county. Also on site is the Bill Baird Memorial Pioneer Farm and Garden; a primary example of a farm at the turn of the 19th Century. 

The museum also houses the Cowley County Genealogical Library. The library houses photos, Cowley County records, area newspaper obituaries,  birth, death and marriage records, reference materials, the Robert Docking collection and much more. A small fee is charged for access to the library.

Featuring the Cambridge Cabin

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Cambridge Cabin 3 miles north on Cowley 7

Visit the Cambridge Log Cabin 3 miles north of Cambridge along Cowley 7, a reconstructed version of the log cabin that stood on the same land for generations.  Be sure to read the catchy signs along the roadside leading you to your destination.

Originally constructed in 1872, Doctor Wilkins and his family, including his brother Henry, lived in the cabin for several years as the doctor administered to the sick people in the area. The original 14 by 20 foot log cabin was constructed in three days by Henry and the Dock, as he was nick-named. Using a cross cut saw, an ax and logs from local trees to construct the dwelling, the pair then filled the cracks with a clay and mud mixture to fill the space between the logs.

 In later years the walls were lathed and plastered and an extra 12 by 16 foot room was added. The original foundation can still be seen at the cabin site. Also at the cabin site is the dugout used as a cellar but also served as living quarters for the family as the cabin was being constructed, according to local story.

In 2014, local residents reconstructed the cabin as it would have appeared in the 1800′s. The cabin is open to the public. Inside the cabin is information on the history of the structure and a guest book for visitors to sign.

While in eastern Cowley County there are plenty of things to see and do. Click Here to view other attractions in the area.

Historical information can be found at www.eccchistory.org.

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