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
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.
In the area is Dozier Vineyard and Winery
with wine tasting, tours, picnic area and walking trails. An old depot houses a
gift shop and wine tasting area. The winery is located south of Ellinwood, 323
SE 80th Ave.
Hours: Tues-Fri evenings, 6-8; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 1