Kiowa County, KS

Kiowa CountyKiowa County was the hunting ground of the tribe of Indians by the same name. The county was named for these Indians and means "principal people". William Matthewson, the original buffalo Bill, had a personal acquaintance with the Kiowa Chiefs. Matthewson was the first white settler in Wichita and represented the U.S. Government in all the early treaties with the Indians. He claimed that the Kiowa's hunting grounds were along Mule Creek that flows through southern Kiowa County. The Indians relied on the buffalo in Kiowa County in the early days that numbered around 40,000. The area was known as "Buffalo Land". Perhaps along this line the expedition of the Spanish under Coronado in 1540 passed, for in describing the country he speaks of the "crooked back oxen" that filled the land.

Kiowa County was formed out of the unorganized Buffalo Land by the Kansas Legislature in 1867, in 1874, the Legislature wiped Kiowa County off the map. They cut it in two pieces and gave the southern part to Comanche County and the northern part to Edwards County. This was brought about in the interest of one of the biggest cattle corporations that ever existed on American soil and was known as the Comanche Pool. For years they were successful in keeping back the man with the plow and grain drill. Eventually they had to succumb to the westward march of the relentless homeseeker and the big ranches faded away and only the story of their success remains

Kiowa County was rehabilitated by the legislature of 1886.

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Pallasite Meteorite

Half iron and half stone, the meteorite weighs in at 1000 lbs. and is on display in the Big Well Museum at the Big Well Gift Shop. It is the largest meteroite of its kind yet discovered. The Space Wanderer was found on the Ellis Peck farm east of Greensburg, in 1948

Greensburg, KS Natural Attractions

The Big Well Museum & Visitor Information Center

The Big Well is a marvel of pioneer engineering that was completed in 1888 as the towns original water supply. At 109 feet deep, this is a breathtaking sight to see. This new museum opened in May 2012

Greensburg, KS Museums

The Lamkin Museum

Prior to Tornado Disaster - May 4, 2007

Greensburg, KS Museums

The Round Barn

In 1912 Henry W. Fromme, a German immigrant, hired William "Pat" Campbell, a local carpenter, to build a large round barn to house 28

Mullinville, KS Historic Buildings

Kiowa County State Lake

Prior to Tornado Disaster - May 4, 2007
Kiowa County State Lake is a 21 acre lake with fishing, picnic, camping & rest areas.

Greensburg, KS Recreation

Twilight Theatre

Prior to Tornado Disaster - May 4, 2007
An historic theatre which first showed silent films in 1915. At one time it boasted one of the largest screens in Kansas.

Greensburg, KS Theatres

Hunter Drugstore & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

The original drugstore building was built in 1917 and until May 4, 2007 when the city of Greensburg was hit by an EF5

Greensburg, KS Historic Buildings

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