Back Road Dining

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2018 Back Road Dining flyer

For the third summer Cowley First has kicked-off a fun dining event; “Back Road Dining in Cowley County”. Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has teamed up with four 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 four participating restaurants where they can receive a punch card. After eating at all four establishments their completed card will be entered into the free drawing for a chance to win a $25 dining gift certificate. You may complete the Back Road Dining circuit more than once prior to the conclusion of the promotion on October 31, 2018.

The Back Road restaurants are excited to be once again participating in the event and welcome you to their dining establishments. All known for homemade specialties and crowd-pleasing favorites, a large variety of amazing food awaits you.

Lil’ Red Rooster, 323 Main St, Atlanta, (620) 394-2022 is open Wednesday and Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  With thirteen different burgers to choose from a person is bound to find a new favorite. Breakfast items like fresh hotcakes and dinnertime options like burgers and chicken fried steaks are common. Historical pictures of Atlanta grace the interior walls and a mural of The Caboose Museum is proudly displayed outside. Continue Reading

Upcoming Festivals & Events

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4th Annual Solid Rock Cruise In


4th Annual Solid Rock Cruise In will be Saturday, August 11 in Rock, in the lot at Hwy 77 and 26th Road near Solid Rock Cafe! Solid Rock Cafe will be open from 6 am to  8 pm, plus they’ll be serving their famous Catfish Dinner from 3 pm!

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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 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
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
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
Monday & Tuesday: closed
Wednesday & Sunday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Gourmet burger options, made-from-scratch breakfast, dinner specials, gluten-free and healthy choices.  Deli foods 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.

The Sassy Lady Café and Antiques
503 Elm Street, Burden
Open 7 days a week
Monday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturdays: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, then open for steak night from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Rib Eye Steak Night is Friday & Saturday night from 5:00 – 8:00 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!

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 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

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 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.

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