Ellinwood Police Department
Chief of Police
Arthur E Keffer
PO Box 278
209 West 1st
Ellinwood, Kansas 67526
24 hour: (620)793-1920
911 Dispatch: (620)793-1920
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Jurisdiction: Ellinwood is located in Barton, [BT], County just north
of the Arkansas River. Highway 56 and the Santa Fe railroad pass
through town. Ellinwood was on the Santa Fe Trail, the trail that
played a critical role in the westward expansion of the United States,
and was an important two-way avenue for commerce and cultural exchange.
The town is named for Capt. John Ellinwood, chief civil engineer and
surveyor for the AT&SF, who camped near here in the fall of 1871.
The town's first merchant, George M. Jackson, laid out the town in the
spring of 1872 and began selling whiskey and tobacco. The railroad
reached Ellinwood that summer, and growth was rapid, reaching 400 by 1878.
Ellinwood is of German heritage which is shown by the architecture of
the Main Street buildings and the Underground Tunnels of yesteryear.
The tunnels remain of greatest interest to tourists.
Ellinwood lies in the middle of the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira Wildlife
Refuge, both natural wetlands that attract nature lovers and hunters.