Coolidge Kansas is a historic, western town that served as an outlier for cowboys moving cattle across the Great Plains from the Texas panhandle region on the National Cattle Trail through “No Man’s Land”. “No Man’s Land” referred to a three mile strip where the Kansas and Colorado borders failed to meet. Known for being a little rowdy, the town entertained the likes of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday. Today, Coolidge is a sleepy, hospitable town of roughly 100 residents that has a rich history and western charm. Situated along the Santa Fe Trail, Coolidge is home to such notable history as the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Harvey House (no longer standing), an old west jail house and the crown jewel – Potter’s Opera House. Potter’s Opera House was build in 1886 and was placed on the Kansas Register of Historic places in 2011.
Annual Events in Hamilton County:
April The Annual Cruisin’ Into Summer Car, Bike & Buggy Show
May Alumni & Memorial Weekend
July Hamilton County Fair
Oct. Classic & Antique Fly-In
Nov. Annual Christmas Fair
Dec. Tree Lighting & Parade
Trail City Bed & Breakfast
is a renovated saloon built circa 1885 in Trail City, Colorado and then moved to its current location in Coolidge, Kansas around 1887. The renovated the historic building opened in 2011 and offers comfortable rooms, modern conveniences and authentic western hospitality. Overnight stays or extended visits. Wireless available. Phone: 620-372-2414
Western Trail Café
was established the summer of 2013. The restaurant has a fully remodeled dining room with a commercial kitchen. The building was built in the late nineteenth century. In the 1940’s, Jonathan Hughes, a former WWI veteran, established the Doughboy Café. It has served as a café for the locals ever since then. Located at 204 W. Highway 50, the Western Trail Cafe features a kids menu, daily specials, and desserts.
There are over 30 miles of the Arkansas River flowing across Hamilton County. During dry years, the river bed is a great terrain for hiking, trail riding and off-roading. During wet years, the river is great for rafting, canoeing and tanking. U.S. Hwy 50 follows the original mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail. This historic trail followed parts of the Arkansas River through Hamilton County.
The Tamarisk Golf Course
is just 15 minutes from Coolidge and is one of the most challenging 9-hole golf courses in Western Kansas. A regulation length course, fully irrigated, situated along the beautiful Arkansas River. Wildlife is abundant on the course!! Golf carts are available for rent. Walk-ons accepted at all times. Steel spikes are banned. A club house, looking out over a lake, has a full range of services available: 19th Hole Golf Shop, snack and pop machines, golf driving range and chipping/putting area. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days/week weather permitting. Phone: 620-384-7832.
The Syracuse Sand Park
is just 15 minutes from Coolidge. The Syracuse Sand Park is the largest sand dunes park in Kansas and one of the largest in the Midwest. Opened in 2007, the park offers over 1,300 acres of amazing dunes, rolling hills, bowls and some fast flat areas that will appeal to the sand drag enthusiasts. The park also includes a 40–plus acre kid-friendly fishing pond that has been stocked. Located 1 mile south of Syracuse on Highway 27. Open 24/7. Phone: 620-384-2480.
Hamilton County Museum
Founded in 1966, it offers a wealth of local history. On display are thousands of items including mammoth tusk, Indian artifacts, vehicles, and Harvey House memorabilia. Located on Highway 50 at N. 102 Gates Street in Syracuse, museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MST.
Historic Northrup Theatre
A Hamilton County jewel, it first opened in 1930. This beautifully renovated theatre has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Purchased by the Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce in 1991, the theatre continues to operate showing recently released movies in 3D and 2D at 7 p.m. MST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Come enjoy the show. Phone: (620)384-7688
Leslie M. Carlholm
Community Development Director
Hamilton County Economic Development
219 N. Main P.O. Box 1167
Syracuse, KS 67878