Family and Friends 2008 Reunion
Make plans now to attend the 2008 Reunion
in Newton, Kansas the "wickedest city in the west"
Hosted by Ginny Ramsey and family
July 25 and 26, 2008
contact: Ginny Ramsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the famous Chisholm Trail into Harvey County and discover how from 1871 to 1873 Newton came to be known as "bloody and lawless-the wickedest city in the west." In 1872 the western terminal for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the railhead for the Chisholm Trail were established here. Newton's early days are filled with tales rivaled only by Dodge City.
The coming of the railroad brought with it a horde of gunslingers, gamblers, "soiled doves," cowboys and railroad crews of every kind.
Western hospitality and rugged pioneer spirit live on in Newton's festivals, historic buildings, museums and outstanding antique stores.
Five buildings in downtown Newton are listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Each is unique and has contributed to the memories of Newton that make the community a special place to visit or live.
The Harvey County area boasts one of the largest Mennonite populations in the country. While bonnets, beards and buggies have been forsaken for a more modern lifestyle, the Mennonites today, like their ancestors before them, are warmhearted, courteous and friendly, more liberal than their Amish cousins and well-known for their hospitality and good cooking. The Mennonites left Russia for fear of religious persecution in the 1870's.
The Harvey County Historical Society Library and Museum (203 N. Main) holds historical records such as Civil War discharges and pensions, births, marriages, and other courthouse records. A Mexican Heritage room honors the contributions of Newton's Mexican-Americans. Other exhibits include musical instruments, a large collection of Santa Fe Railway artifacts, old fire equipment and a collection of Civil War and WWII artifacts.
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