History of Cowley County, Kansas
This Souvenir Edition of the Courier has been produced under many difficulties. It was begun with the hope that it would conservatively and truly set forth the history and resources of Cowley County and the growth, development and present condition of our beautiful and prosperous city, all in a permanent form for preservation. The faces of the men who have made, and are making the material and political history of Cowley County and Winfield, are fast passing from our view. The grim reaper has been unusually busy with his harvest during the past few years. It is therefore becoming and proper that their likenesses be preserved. For these reasons we have given the Souvenir magazine form and substantial binding. Let every citizen preserve a copy. In years to come it will be of priceless value. We have endeavored to make this work worthy of the subject.
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There is a legend, that in 1537, DeSoto's great expedition in search of the "Fountain of Youth," and of the precious metals, which journeyed from the shores of Florida in a north-west direction, crossed the Mississippi river near New Madrid, continued its course westward to the present territory of Cowley county, Kansas, dug for silver among the Flint Hills, in the eastern part of the county, and among the hills of Liberty township, where old excavations still remain, and finally discovered the "Fountain of Youth," which is now known as the famous Geuda Springs, near the west side of this county.