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Arkansas City, Kansas

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Our Genealogical Helper for Arkansas City ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Arkansas City (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Arkansas City. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in the area of Arkansas City ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 201 newspapers that have been published in the area around Arkansas City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Arkansas City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Arkansas City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Arkansas City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 42 miles [67.6 km]<1> of Arkansas City.

Cemeteries Near Arkansas City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Arkansas City.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Arkansas City covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Memorial Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Spring side Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Chilocco Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE South Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lolled Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Silverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tannehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gouda Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Work Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Newkirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Washunga Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Yeager Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highland Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Arkansas City had a population of 8,347 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Arkansas City had a population of 12,063 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Arkansas City, with the one closest to Arkansas City listed first.

Chilocco (OK)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Arkansas City
 - Chilocco had railroad service and no post office
Tresham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Arkansas City
 - Tresham had railroad service and no post office
Geuda Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Arkansas City
 - 1895 population of 458 people (with 183 people in 2016)
 - Geuda Springs had a post office and railroad service
Silverdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Arkansas City
 - Silverdale had a post office and railroad service
Hackney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Arkansas City
 - Hackney had railroad service and no post office
Rome   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Arkansas City
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Rome had a post office and railroad service
Cameron   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Arkansas City
 - Cameron had railroad service and no post office
Ashton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Arkansas City
 - Ashton had a post office and railroad service
Newkirk (OK)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Arkansas City
 - Newkirk had no post office or railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Arkansas City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Arkansas City in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Arkansas City is located in Cowley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cowley County: Butler, Chautauqua, Elk, Sedgwick, Sumner, Kay (OK) & Osage (OK).

Below are the counties that are near Arkansas City. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Arkansas City:

Cowley     (The home county for Arkansas City)
      Parkerfield   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Geuda Springs   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Silverdale   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kellogg   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Maple City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tisdale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Salem   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dexter   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Floral   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Udall   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burden   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilmot   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Douglass   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smileyville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rose Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bloomington   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salter   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Latham   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Vale   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hewins   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wauneta   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grenola   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mulvane   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peck   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Derby   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wego-Waco   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haysville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clearwater   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      South Haven   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hunnewell   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belle Plaine   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corbin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mayfield   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Milan   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Conway Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grant (OK)
      Deer Creek (OK)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Renfrow (OK)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lamont (OK)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Kay (OK)
      Newkirk (OK)   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kildare (OK)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Braman (OK)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kaw City (OK)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cross (OK) - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ponca City (OK)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Blackwell (OK)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nardin (OK)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tonkawa (OK)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Noble (OK)
      Marland (OK)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Osage (OK)
      Grainola (OK)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Webb City (OK)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McCord (OK)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shidler (OK)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Foraker (OK)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burbank (OK)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Little Chief (OK)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairfax (OK)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Arkansas City, see our County-by-County Page for Arkansas City.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Arkansas City:

These websites are specific to Kansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Kansas Historical Society

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Kansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Cowley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chautauqua County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sedgwick County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumner County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Kay County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Osage County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Kansas,     of Cowley County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Kansas
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Kansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Kansas,     of Cowley County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Kansas
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Arkansas City ...

While our initial data for Arkansas City came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Arkansas City in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Arkansas City.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Arkansas City:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Arkansas City in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Arkansas City for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Arkansas City.
      See our Misc Page for Arkansas City for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Kansas

About Cowley County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Arkansas City: www.arkcity.org/

The official website for Cowley County: www.cowleycounty.org/

The official website for State of Kansas: www.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Arkansas City. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Arkansas City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Arkansas City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Arkansas City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arkansas City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.0689, Longitude: -97.0409     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Arkansas City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Arkansas City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Arkansas City.