Caldwell, located in the Southwest corner of Sumner County on Highway 49 & US 81, is rich in colorful cowboy history. The first stop on the Chisholm Trail after leaving Indian Territory, Caldwell once boasted over 18 saloons. Many famed cowboys and outlaws of yesteryear found their way to Caldwell. Today the city has kept that heritage alive and you will want to spend some time taking their walking tour around town. Businesses such as KanOkla have invested in the community and their technology to keep Caldwell "Proud of the past...Poised for the future".


Caldwell's cowboy heritage comes alive each May during their Chisholm Trail Festival where you can see the Ghost Riders trail race, Talking Tombstones-a living history at the historic cemetery, a bull riding contest and rodeo at the Rodeo Arena, and a stage show with the local saloon girls. If you happen to miss the Festival, you can still see many of these events throughout the year or read about the history on one of many historic markers throughout town.

Caldwell has renovated many of the authentic buildings that were erected between 1883 and 1888, such as the first opera house. The Caldwell Main Street project was completed in 1996 and many streets and sidewalks were replaced, beautifying the downtown with the addition of historic lighting, signage telling the colorful history of the town, a newly renovated opera house, and a pavilion at Heritage Park. You won't want to miss stops such as the Last Chance Saloon, Nostalgia Nook Antiques & Collectibles, the Cherokee Strip Center, and more.

Check out the Caldwell website at www.caldwellkansas.com.

City of Caldwell

14 W. Central Ave
Caldwell, KS 67022
Email - caldwellcity@kanokla.net

Website - www.cityofcaldwellks.com

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 42
Caldwell, KS 67022
Email - caldwell@kanokla.net

Website - www.caldwellkansas.com

Caldwell is proud to possess health facilities no longer found in many small towns. Caldwell has its own hospital - Sumner County Hospital District #1 - located at 601 South Osage Street.

Access to all the medical facilities in Wichita are within a reasonable driving distance.

Tele-medicine is available for emergency consultation through St. Francis Via Christi and the Tele-Kid Care Program has been implemented.


Median Age - 47.1
Bilingual - 3.2%
Average One-Way Commute - 18.5 minutes
Median Household Income - $38,438
Education - H.S. Graduation or Higher - 92.9%
Median House Value - $51,600
Median Gross Household Rent - $475
Crime Rate - 9 Total Offenses  - Kansas Bureau of Investigation 2013

Combined State and Local Sales Tax - 8%

  • State of Kansas - 6.50%

  • Sumner County - 0.5%

  • City of Caldwell - 1.0%

Additionally, for our citizens health care needs, we have a family medical clinic, dental clinic, long term health care facilities, ambulance service and pharmacy.

TThe Caldwell School System (USD 360) serves a 94 square mile area in southwestern Sumner County. All attendance centers are located in Caldwell. The district is unique in that it maintains no regular bus transportation routes; instead, the parents are paid to provide transportation. Special education services are provided at the Caldwell Schools through Sumner County Education Services Interlocal, District #619. Low student to teacher ratios and the latest in technology provide a wonderful learning environment for students.

Caldwell is a member of the South Central Kansas Education Network which provides high school (and college) course offerings through a two-way interactive fiber-optic system.

School Statistics*

  • School Enrollment - 257

  • Teacher/Student Ratio - 1:7.5

  • Graduation Rate - 92.7%

Data supplied by Kansas Department of Education

Caldwell Public Library

120 S. Main 1-620-845-6879
Lisa Moreland, Librarian


Monday 10am - 6pm

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Thursday 10am - 2pm

Friday 10am - 2pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

The Caldwell Research Club was organized October 4, 1899. The members collected books for a reading room above the Fossett store. Later, this collection of about 600 books was moved to the city hall. Andrew Carnegie agreed to furnish $7000 to the city of Caldwell to erect a free public library building. The Caldwell Carnegie Library was one of 59 public libraries constructed in Kansas at a cost to Carnegie of $874,996. Today the library is located in downtown Caldwell.

Services: Wireless Internet, Digital Caldwell Newspapers Census, Police, and Cemetery Records, Extensive Local History Collection, and meeting rooms available.

For recreational amenities Caldwell has tennis courts, softball/baseball diamonds, basketball, track and football fields, a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool with slide, parks and a recreation commission. They also have a rodeo arena and the Sumner County Fair Grounds. You can keep track of Caldwell Recreation Events at www.caldwellrec.com.


Gas - Atmos Energy - 888-442-0452

Trash - City of Caldwell - 620-845-6514

Water - City of Caldwell - 620-845-6676

Sewer - City of Caldwell - 620-845-6514
Electric - Wheatland Electric - 800-762-0436
Telephone - KanOkla Networks - 800-526-6552
Cable / Satellite - Direct TV / DishNetwork - 620-326-8619

Fiber Internet - KanOkla Networks - 800-526-6552

Wireless Internet - Sumner Communications - 620-326-8989


Highways -

US Hwy 81 and Hwy 49 - just 15 miles from Interstate 35

Railroad -

Union Pacific Railroad

Airports -
Caldwell Municipal Airport
Wellington Municipal Airport
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.


314 N. Washington Ave
PO Box 279
Wellington, KS  67152

Tel 620.326.8779


Stacy Davis
Executive Director



Joslyn Heersche
Admin Assistant


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