Founded: 1870, Pop.: (2000) 17190, Elev.: 1,450 Ft.
Named by a group of Santa Fe Railroad stockholders after their hometown of Newton, MA. Located on the Chisholm Trail in Harvey County, (County Seat) and among the smallest counties in the state. Situated southeast of Salina along Hwy 15 near Hutchinson and north of Wichita. Newton is part of the Wichita, Kansas metro area.
Two branches of the Arkansas River run through the county.
With the completion of the railroad line in 1871, came a shift in the cattle trade from Abilene to Newton. Newton became the West's newest cowtown and soon became known as "Bloody and lawless - the wickedest city in the west" enjoying the cowboy reign from June 1871 to January 1873. Completion of the Santa Fe R.R. to Dodge City and a branch to Wichita drew the cowboys to these places, ushering in more peaceful and prosperous times. In 1874 Mennonites came to Newton, bringing Turkey Red hard winter wheat to the area on a large scale.
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10/24 Coming to The area
OK Mozart Festival Bartlesville OK June9-15 Oklahoma's Premier Music Festival,
OK Mozart brings the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to the state of Oklahoma and the middle United States.
Wild West Festival Hays City KS July3-6 A typical Kansas fair -- parade, big name music stars, games, demonstrations, competitions and shows, including fireworks.
Kansas State Fair Hutchinson KS September6-15 Each year, over 400,000 visitors flock to the Kansas State Fair to visit a wide array of exhibits, partake in fabulous Fair food, and see the amazing butter sculpture.