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About Leoti

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 Welcome to Wichita County

Wichita County is a community of 2,200 residents with an economy based on agriculture and agriculturally related businesses. It is home to the Wichita County Amusement Association’s Community-owned Carnival, which draws thousands of people every July. Wichita County also has a remarkable Barn Quilt Trail that spans the county.

Leoti, the county seat, is located in the center of the Wichita County at the junction of Highways 25 and 96. The Museum of the Great Plains and Washington Ames House are located there.

Marienthal, located 8 miles east of Leoti, is the home of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Heartland Mill (an organic grain processing plant that ships their products internationally.)

Selkirk, located 11 miles west of Leoti, is the home of an 1887 hand-dug Railroad Well with a Santa Fe Depot and Caboose on site.

Coronado, (now a ghost town), located 4 miles east of Leoti was the site of the infamous county seat war between Leoti and Coronado which was considered the “bloodiest” in the state.

The 8 wonders of Wichita County:

Architecture:

Wichita County Courthouse: Plantation Style building, dedicated in 1916 and completed in 1917. Located in Leoti.

Art:

Fossil Murals at the Museum of the Great Plains: Painted by Chuck Bonner and dedicated in 2006 to the memory of his father, Paleontologist Marion Bonner. Located in Leoti.

Commerce:

Cargill Cattle Feeders: Largest cattle feedlot in Wichita County. Located 8 miles north of Leoti.

Cuisine:

Charlie’s Mexican Restaurant: Known for its fine Mexican food and atmosphere since 1962. Located in Leoti.

Customs:

Wichita County Fair and Carnival: A county fair started over 100 years ago and home-town carnival known for its 25 cent rides and games. Held annually the last weekend in July in Leoti.

Geography:

White Woman Creek: Legends and ghost stories abound over this creek located in the west part of Wichita County.

History:

Wichita County’s County Seat Fight: A “bloody” February day in 1887 with five killed and 2 more injured (one died later from his injuries) (information at the Museum of the Great Plains).

Famous Person:

Steve Tasker: Pro-football player and sportscaster who attended Wichita County Schools (information at the Museum of the Great Plains).

Attractions

Museum of the Great Plains, 201 N 4th – Leoti

Wichita County History Museum housed in a 1939-1940s WPA limestone building, with a replica 1887 Old Town Leoti in the basement. Physically disabled accessible. Operated by the Wichita County Historical Society.

1887 Hand-dug Railroad Well, Depot, and Caboose – Selkirk

A Hand-dug Santa Fe Railroad well on the Kansas State Historical Places Register maintained by the Wichita County Historical Society. Site includes a railroad depot and caboose.

Wichita County Carnival last Wednesday of July (during annual county fair) – Leoti

permanent community carnival with rides and games operated by current and former Wichita County residents with all rides and games for 25 cents. Operated by the Wichita County Amusement Association.

Wichita County Municipal Golf Course – Leoti

A nine-hole, grass-greens golf course and clubhouse.

Wind and Wheels Festival is held the 3rd Saturday of April. This family event features kite flying and a car show. Enjoy live music while gazing at the larger-than-life kites that fill the skies.

Wichita County Barn Quilt Trail Barn Quilts telling stories of history, heritage, and personality adorn houses, barns and businesses across Wichita County. Up-to-date brochures are available at the Museum of the Great Plains and Wichita County Economic Development.

Washington Ames House This 1892 Victorian Home was renovated in 2012. Step inside and learn about the history of this home and the many owners and occupants it had over time. Open by appointment.

Contact Us

Wichita County Economic Development 
Simone Cahoj, Director
PO Box 345
Leoti, KS 67861
(620)375-2182
wced@wbsnet.org 

Museum of the Great Plains
Wichita County Historical Society
 
Karen Walk, Curator
201 North 4th
Leoti, KS 67861
(620)375-2316
museum@wichitacountymuseum.org 

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