Newton, Kansas History
July 1871 the Santa Fe Railroad extended its line to Newton,
which then succeeded Abilene as the terminus of the Chisholm
Trail. The cattle boom only lasted a year for the railroad was
soon extended to Wichita. During this brief period there was
considerable violence in the saloons and dance halls at Newton,
with nine men being shot down in one shootout in August, 1871.
1872 The Newton city council passed an ordinance prohibiting
the running at large of buffalo and other wild animals.
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