A vibrant Kansas community of about 20,000 people, Newton was founded in 1871 as the Santa Fe Railroad chugged westward across the plains and cowboys drove cattle up
the Chisholm Trail from Texas. Newton's early years as a cow town were brief but rowdy.
Though the cowboys soon moved further down the trail, the railroad continued to shape the town as Mennonite immigrants from Germany and the Ukraine, including Bernard Warkentin, helped establish Newton as an important influence in Kansas' agricultural future.
Today, Newton and neighboring North Newton features an active arts community, three National Historic Districts, a variety of museums and attractions, Bethel College, a championship golf course, first-class convention center and many other amenities. Newton is also an Amtrak-served community.
All roads lead To Newton and once you get here, there are plenty of options. Spend a day exploring our museums, stroll through some shops, see a show or play a round of golf. If you are looking for things to do in Newton, don't miss the link to the local events calendar at the top of the page. While you’re here, don’t forget to try some of the local flavor. Whether you come for a meeting, a vacation or just the day, it’s worth the travel.