Cow Creek (Kansas)
|Big Cow Creek|
|Part of||Arkansas River watershed|
|- location||Near Beaver, KS, Great Plains, Kansas, United States|
|- elevation||1,483 ft (452 m)|
|- location||Hutchinson, Kansas, United States|
|- elevation||452 ft (138 m) |
|- coordinates||Coordinates: |
|Length||112 mi (180 km), East |
|Basin||859.5 sq mi (2,226 km2) |
|- average||1,230 cu ft/s (35 m3/s) |
Cow Creek is a 112-mile-long (180 km) 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.
- "Cow Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 29, 2011
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cow Creek
- Historical marker cow creek station
- "Santa Fe Trail Research". View From USGS Aerial Photographs.
- Louise Barry, The Ranch at Cow Creek Crossing (Beach Valley, P. O.)
- Donald O. Whittemore, TMDL Salt Assessment and Analysis: Chloride Impairment in the Gar-Peace and Cow Subbasins of the Lower Arkansas River Basin. Cow Creek Subbasin
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