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Day 39, Newton, Kansas (the wickedest city in the west!)

74 miles, 1,667 miles

Another great day of riding . . . sunny, temps in the low 80s, and for most of the day a quartering tailwind (turning to a wide wind).

Tonight’s stay is in Newton, Kansas, population 17,190.

Newton has a colorful past:

The city was founded in 1871 and named after Newton, Massachusetts, home of some of the Santa Fe railroad stockholders.

In August 1871, there was a Gunfight at Hide Park, in which a total of eight men were killed. The incident began with an argument between two local lawmen, Billy Bailey and Mike McCluskie. Because of this incident, Newton became 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. Shortly after incorporation of the city in 1872, the Newton city council passed an ordinance prohibiting the running at large of buffalo and other wild animals.


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