Cow Creek (Kansas)

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Coordinates: 37°58′47″N 097°50′24″W / 37.97972°N 97.84000°W / 37.97972; -97.84000
Cow Creek
Big Cow Creek
River
Country United States
State Kansas
Region Great Plains
Part of Arkansas River watershed
City Hutchinson, KS
Source
 - location Near Beaver, KS, Great Plains, Kansas, United States
 - elevation 1,483 ft (452 m)
 - coordinates 38°38′37″N 098°39′10″W / 38.64361°N 98.65278°W / 38.64361; -98.65278 [1]
Mouth Arkansas River
 - location Hutchinson, Kansas, United States
 - elevation 452 ft (138 m) [1]
 - coordinates 37°58′47″N 097°50′24″W / 37.97972°N 97.84000°W / 37.97972; -97.84000 [1]
Length 112 mi (180 km), East [2]
Basin 859.5 sq mi (2,226 km2) [3]
Discharge for Hutchinson
 - average 1,230 cu ft/s (35 m3/s) [3]
Map of Rice County from KDOT (map legend)

Cow Creek is a 112-mile-long (180 km)[2] stream that flows through Rice and Reno Counties, Kansas. Cow Creek is a tributary of the Arkansas River; its confluence with the Arkansas is about ten miles southeast of Hutchinson, Kansas.

From Lyons, Kansas, it is four miles west and one mile south. The Santa Fe Trail went over Cow Creek. Buffalo Bill Mathewson ran a trading post (known as "Buffalo Bill's Well") here at this location during the 1850s.[4]

External articles and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cow Creek". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 29, 2011
  3. ^ a b http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ks/nwis/uv/?site_no=07143310&agency_cd=USGS
  4. ^ http://skyways.lib.ks.us/history/cowcreek.html