Cowley County, KS, USA - Melisa Skinner

Cowley County Poor Farm Cemetery

The cemetery is on the corner of a lonely dirt road. It has long since been abandoned. While there, we only noticed four head stones although there are over a hundred graves at this site. The first recorded burial was in 1892, a young woman the age of 34. There are also several children including two infants, one of which was a foundling, unknown.

Poor Farm Cemetery
Poor Farm Cemetery

Although I could not find any connection to the old Poor Farm of Cowley County, I can only assume by the name of the cemetery, that this is where the residents were buried when they passed.

Poor Farm Cemetery
Poor Farm Cemetery

The address of the cemetery is 2650 Joel Mack Road, Winfield, KS 67156.

Tunnel Mill Dam Falls

The Tunnel Mill Dam Falls was originally on a tract of land known as “the Peninsula”. It was paid for by Robert B. Cultra in December of 1871. The land that the mill was on as well as the falls, changed hands many times. In 1899 John Clarkson bought the mill. He and his brother ran the business as the Clarkson Brothers Milling Company.

Tunnel Mill Dam Falls
Tunnel Mill Dam Falls

By 1922 the mill was a skeleton. It was empty and torn down. All that remains are  the falls themselves. This a popular fishing and rough camping spot.

Tunnel Mill Dam Falls
Tunnel Mill Dam Falls

The GPS coordinates for the Tunnel Mills Dam Falls is 37.228915, -97.007537.

Cemetery Road

On the other side of the Walnut River from the Tunnel Mills Falls, you will see a tiny sign for the cemetery off the highway pointing to the right. I do not know what the name of the road is. This stop was a spur of the moment thing. No planning involved. From Highway 77 you can see an old trellis bridge for the railroad. We were there for a while and we were lucky to catch a train going overhead.

Cemetery Road
Cemetery Road

The bridge has been graffitied.

Cemetery Road

We walked down the road to the highway bridge which is also heavily graffitied.

Cemetery Road
Cemetery Road

242nd Street, Down a Dirt Road

We went down a dirt road and found some horses, a cool pond, an abandoned silo and an old beat up tire marker on a fence.

242nd Street
242nd Street
242nd Street
242nd Street

Chaplin Nature Center

Chaplin Nature Center is 230 acres of woodlands, prairies and streams. It has five miles of trails, of which we only walked two. It was so hot and humid, even before noon, that we decided to head back to the Visitor Center. The trails that we took were the Bluff trail and the River Trail.

Chaplin Nature Center
Chaplin Nature Center

The River Trail takes you to the Arkansas River. At this time of year there is a huge “beach”. The “beach” had several huge piles of driftwood. My husband made the remark that it was like being in the desert. The loose sand was very hard to walk in.

Chaplin Nature Center
Chaplin Nature Center

The nature center is a sanctuary for wildlife. In fact we startled a deer and her fawn while crossing a foot bridge. I managed to get a shot off. If you expand the photo you will see the mother at the edge of the woods and the fawn still in the stream. I caught the fawn mid leap with its hind legs in the air.

Chaplin Nature Center
Chaplin Nature Center

I hope you enjoyed this post about Cowley County. I hope this inspires you to go out and explore.


Until next time,


Melisa


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