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Coldwater, Kansas

Coldwater, Kansas

Coldwater, Comanche County seat, sits astraddle of Highways 160 and 183 in the center of the county, inviting folks to "Come to Play or Stay." Unique to this "eating-out town" of almost 1,000 people are ten sit-down dining places for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Coldwater is also host to the Comanche County Museum with artifacts and displays depicting life here in the days of old.

Centered in what is primarily wheat and cattle country, the Coldwater area has historically seen wheat and cattle as important sources of income. The Comanche Pool, one of the largest cattle outfits in the state, originated near Coldwater in 1878 and included the surrounding counties. It operated until settlers moved into the area and fences were built. Oil and gas exploration boomed here more recently. Indian raids have long been over; the last one in Kansas did, however, take place just east of Coldwater, in 1878.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Comanche County Historical Museum

A Stan Herd mural painted in 1986 introduces visitors to the Comanche County Historical Museum. The museum showcases people, events, memorabilia and artifacts from earlier times.

Coldwater, KS Museums


Comanche County Hunting

The Coldwater area is heavily populated with deer. Some of the biggest deer bagged in the state have been taken near Coldwater. In addition to deer, many sportsmen also come here every year to try their hands hunting quail, pheasant, wild turkey, and dove.

Coldwater, KS Hunting

Lake Coldwater

Lake Coldwater is the only city, county, or state lake in southwest Kansas that permits water-related sports. It is a 250 acre man-made lake in a 930 acre park within the Coldwater City limits.

Coldwater, KS Recreation


Things to do near Coldwater, KS

American Discovery Trail

Located along the River Road which follows the south side of the Arkansas River, the American Discovery Trail (ADT) passes cl...

Historical Sites

Wild Horse Corral - In early days, wild horses were grazing on the prairie and often t...