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


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 some 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.

Grouse Valley Grill
501 N. Hwy K-15, Dexter
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.

The Solid Rock Café
301 S. Winfield Street, Rock
Monday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm (Summer hours)
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.

Turner’s at 421 Main
421 N. Main, Burden
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: Noon – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: Noon – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm to midnight
Saturday: Noon – midnight
Sunday: Noon – 5 pm
Farm-to-table eats featuring, Latin American food, draft beer, wine & craft cocktails. Located in Burden’s original main street watering hole.

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 Kansas Outdoors 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 Museum 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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