Located less than one hour from Wichita and two hours from Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the area offers rural living adjacent to urban amenities. Interstate 35 is just 15 minutes away.
Visitors may choose from a charming bed and breakfast, a hunting lodge or a variety of quality name motels. Two vibrant and thriving retail trade areas, located ten minutes apart in Arkansas City and Winfield, are easier to get to and closer together than most metropolitan shopping malls. Udall, Burden, Dexter, Atlanta, and Cambridge are spunky communities whose downtowns are enjoying rebirth.
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The Italianate Victorian home presently known as Hiatt's House Restaurant, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Richard Tredway, was built in 1879 by Col. J.C. McMullen, a local banker. Other owners were George Miller of the famed 101 Ranch from 1888 to 1902, and the J.W. Hiatt family from 1902 to 1974Winfield, KS Historic Buildings
It's 113 years old?but it's a whole new SC. Southwestern College is made up of a hilly, 82-acre campus in Winfield, Kansas; a downtown Winfield professional studies center, and two professional studies centers in Wichita, Kansas. The main campus has undergone more than $15Winfield, KS Colleges
Prairie Man is an artistic response to a Kansas petroglyph of an original prairie dweller. The three-acre Prairie Man was created by subtle manipulations of ancient prairie grasses on a south-sloping face of a rock-strewn dry watershed. The piece can be seen from both highway and the air.Arkansas City, KS Arts
The Denton Art Center is the home of the Arkansas City Arts Council. Many exhibits, programs, and classes are held at this Center. This striking 1914 structure was formerly the residence of the Albert Denton Family. Mr. Denton was a prominent banker in Arkansas City. He and/Arkansas City, KS Arts
Cowley County State Lake, covering 85 acres, is mainly for fishing, but has campsites and picnic areas also. Along with many of the lakes in the area, it features channel catfish, a variety of bass, crappie, bluegill, sun perch and other species.Arkansas City, KS Recreation
Constructed as a replica of the Washington D.C. Viet Nam War Memorial, this memorial is found in Memorial Park just east of the Courthouse. The Memorial is engraved with the names of 777 servicemen and nurses from the State of Kansas who were killed or missing in action during the Viet Nam War.Winfield, KS Memorials