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Butler County, Kansas


Land of Many Waters

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Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of Towanda is approximately 1,430 (2000), 1450 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 474 (1990), 524 (2010).
The amount of land area in Towanda is 1.245 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Towanda to Washington DC is 1135 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is 113 miles. (as the crow flies)
Towanda is positioned 37.79 degrees north of the equator and 96.99 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Towanda elevation is 1,300 feet above sea level.


northeast of Wichita and west of El Dorado in south-central Kansas.
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History & History Related Items

Here is a history page for Towanda.

The area was first settled by C.L. Chandler. On the way back from his unsuccessful gold hunting adverture, he and his party heard of a place along the Whitewater River where living was good. He and a couple of others decided to head south and find the spring where Towanda later grew up. They did find a nice clear stream, much wildlife, many trees and decided to build a cabin there. Chandler later, in 1863, sold his land and buildings to James R. Mead. Mead's Ranch became a busy trading post and an Indian agency was founded there in 1864, lasting until 1867. Eventually, the area was Colonel Leavenworth's headquarters and where the Treaty of Medicine Lodge was signed. Though successful and welcomed by all people, Mead sold his interested here in 1870 and moved farther west. He laid out a townsite there he called "Wichita." Isaac Mooney then purchased the Towanda area land, filed homestead papers and platted the townsite. It isn't known for sure how Towanda received its name. It was the original name for the post office when it opened in 1860. Towanda is thought to be an Osage word meaning "many waters" or "rushing waters."
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Towanda Area Historical Museum
Third and Main
Towanda, Kansas
Phone: 316-536-2500 Email

Attractions in Towanda.
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Towanda City Government

City of Towanda
110 S. 3rd Street
Towanda, KS 67144
Phone: 316-536-2243

Towanda Police Department
non-emergency Phone: 316=536-2516

Towanda Libraries

Towanda Public Library
620 Highland
Towanda, Kansas 67144
Phone: (316) 536-2464

Towanda Schools

Circle Unified Schools
901 Main St.
P.O. Box 9
Towanda, KS 67144
Phone: (316) 541-2577 Towanda


The population of Towanda was:
1990 - 1,289
1998 - 1,430

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