CIMARRON, Kan. (KSNW) — We had a nice visit with the people who came to Cimarron High School to meet us Wednesday afternoon. Thank you for your hospitality.
Cimarron is the county seat of Gray County. The town has just over 2,200 people, while the county has more than 6,000. The largest employer is the school district, USD 102.
The town got its start with the arrival of settlers in 1878. They named it Cimarron after a fork in the Santa Fe Trail which led people to the Cimarron River. The Santa Fe Trail split at the fork. Travelers could continue to follow the Arkansas River into Colorado, or they could take the Cimarron Crossing route. It would cut about 100 miles off their journey but would take them through 40 miles of desert. That’s why it was called the dry route.
A Cimarron visitor’s guide says that two brothers from Spearville came up with a plan in 1882 to divert water from the Arkansas River by digging a canal. They got financial support from Asa Soule of New York. He paid farmers to work on the canal in their off-seasons. After two years, a 96-mile canal ran through Gray and Ford counties. It did not work as planned and the canal was often dry. It eventually became known as Soule’s Folly.
Living and working around present-day Cimarron appears to be no folly at all. The city says the median household income in Cimarron is $67,292 compared to the state median household income of $58,218.
The city’s slogan is “A proud past, a promising future.”
Things to do in Cimarron:
- Visitor’s Guide
- Cimarron Hotel, 203 N. Main St.
- Cimarron Crossing Park
- Cimarron City Pool, 700 North 5th Street
- Cimarron Golf Course
- Annual Events
Community & Government:
Sponsor: City of Cimarron