Winfield, Kansas

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Winfield is a city situated along the Walnut River in the west-central part of Cowley County, located in South Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 11,861 in the year 2005.[3] It is the county seat and most populous city of Cowley County.[4]

Winfield is home to Southwestern College, a four-year private Methodist college and once also held St. John's College before it closed in 1986. The city is well known for hosting the Walnut Valley Festival, a large bluegrass and acoustic music festival, on the third weekend of every September and the Winfield Country Roundup in the first weekend in June. The fictional castaway Mary Ann Summers from Gilligan's Island hailed from Winfield.



Winfield is located at 37°14′52″N 96°58′50″W / 37.24778°N 96.98056°W / 37.24778; -96.98056.[5] The city is situated along the Walnut River at its confluence with Timber Creek. It is located 17 miles (27 km) north of the Kansas-Oklahoma state border at the junction of U.S. Routes 77 and 160. State highway route K-15 follows U.S. Route 77 to the north of the city and U.S. Route 160 to the east. K-360 is a bypass around the southeastern part of the city between U.S. Route 77 and U.S. Route 160. Arkansas City is 13 miles (21 km) south of Winfield along U.S. Route 77, and Strother Field, a general aviation airport, is about five miles (8 km) south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33.0 km²), of which 11.1 square miles (28.6 km²) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), or 13.25%, is water.[1]

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