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Arkansas City

Arkansas City ärkăn´zəs [key], city (1990 pop. 12,762), Cowley co., S Kans., at the confluence of the Arkansas and Walnut rivers, near the Okla. border inc. 1872. Located in an agricultural and oil region (rich oil fields were discovered in 1914), it has flour mills and oil refineries transportation equipment and mobile homes are manufactured. Arkansas City was the starting point for the run (1893) of thousands of homesteaders into the Cherokee Strip a marker south of the city commemorates the event. The Cherokee Strip Living Museum is nearby.

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