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About Wellington

Wellington was first surveyed on April 4, 1871 and named for the Duke of Wellington. It was designated as the permanent seat of Sumner County in 1872, winning over competitor Sumner City. Trading with cattlemen moving their herds up the Chisholm Trail was an important factor in the early economy of the town.

Today, Wellington is still fortunate in its access to transportation facilities; it is served by Interstate 35, Highways US 81 & US 160, the UP and BN & SF railroads and an excellent airport. This area produces vast quantities of winter wheat, with wheat still the driving force behind the local economy. The Railroads and petroleum are also significant, while manufacturing, especially aircraft parts, is continually growing.

There's never been a better time than now to make rural Kansas your new home. If you're looking for lower cost of living and better quality of life, Kansas is your best choice. Sumner County is a Rural Opportunity Zone.

Wellington Public Schools - USD  353 

Wellington Christian Academy 

Doing business in Wellington: sales tax rate is 9%.

Learn more about the City of Wellington.

Interested in the history of Wellington? Watch this fun video done by Jim Bales of the Chisholm Trail Museum about the History of Wellington.

Wellington Compost Site

    March - November, click here for hours

Wellington Recycling Center

    Wednesday: 1 - 4 p.m.

    Saturday: 9 a.m. - Noon

Wellington High School - Front Entrance.
Electronic Recycling

E-waste collection day at the City of Wellington Recycling Center on Saturday, August 8, 2015 between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Future collection dates are scheduled for September 12th, October 10th and November 14th. For more information about the operating hours please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831. For questions concerning specific items to be collected or information destruction please contact Pete at 316-305-6896 (evenings) or Julian at 316-305-6895 (evenings).

Kansas Historical Society Markers

You know when you're  from Wellington, KS - Facebook History Group.

Sumner County

A mile southeast of this marker the Chisholm Trail entered Kansas. It took its name from Jesse Chisholm, Indian trader, whose route lay between the North Canadian river and present Wichita. In 1867 it was extended from the Red river to Abilene when the building of the Union Pacific gave Texas cattle an Eastern market. Over this long trail more than a million head were driven before the Santa Fe built south and brought the drives to Newton, 1871, and the next year to Wichita. Incoming setters in Kansas soon fenced off the land and by 1876, drovers had abandoned the trail. In 1880, however, the railroad built to Caldwell, one mile north, and drives were resumed. It is estimated that two million longhorns were driven across the prairie here on a road that in many places was a quarter of a mile wide and as bare as a modern highway.

SUmner County KS Sampler Festival Market

US-81, Sumner County

Roadside turnout, 1 mile south of Caldwell


The Chisholm Trail probably began as a buffalo migration route, linking summer pastures in the Central Plains to winter pastures in Texas. American Indians followed the buffalo and shared the route with U.S. explorers, who mapped it in the 1850s. In 1865 Jesse Chisholm, for whom the trail was eventually named, drove 250 cattle over the trail to what is today Wichita. An estimated 5 million head followed the route into Kansas over the next 20 years.

Historical Marker in Belle Plaine Turnpi

Traffic became thick after 1867 when Joseph McCoy built a large stockyard on the Kansas Pacific Railroad at Abilene (140 miles north of here) --- the nearest shipping point to Texas. It took about three months to drive a herd from Texas to Abilene and cost roughly 75 cents a head. The same animals sold for 10 to 20 times that amount in Kansas City. In 1885 Kansas imposed quarantine on Texas cattle, which carried a deadly tick, and the cattle trails closed. By then Kansas had become a leader in the nation’s livestock industry.

Note: This sign was replaced in 2012.

I-35 (Kansas Turnpike), Sumner County
Milepost 26, Belle Plaine service area


Wellington...a city of tradition with an eye towards what’s next. 

What makes Wellington stand out is our residents. At nearly 8,000 strong, Wellington residents represent all walks of life. Building on a rich agricultural tradition, farmers make up a large portion of Wellington's population. Agriculture and manufacturing shape Wellington, aircraft making an especially powerful impact. Like the farmers of Wellington, the manufacturers have taken the traditional values of Kansas...hard work, persistence, and commitment to purpose-- and provided not only jobs, but also a lifestyle for members of the community.  These ideals are alive in the local schools, also, with Wellington students leading the way in both academics and athletics. Football, Tennis, track,trap shooting, golf and more!

Active young professional community, terrific place to raise your family or to retire.

For detailed relocation information, please contact the City of Wellington at 620-326-3631. For information about area businesses or rental properties, contact the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB 620-326-7466 or email director@wellingtonkschamber.com

Academic & Schooling Information

221 S. Washington
P.O. Box 648
Wellington, KS 67152
PHONE: 620-326-4300
FAX: 620-326-4304

Cowley College

Dual Credit Classes

Wellington High School

Counselor's Website

College visits, upcoming events,

ACT information

Wellington Christian Academy


Quality of Life

Wellington offers residents the tranquility of the open plains, with the nearby convenience of urban amenities.

Panhandle Railroad Museum

Chisholm Trail Museum

Depression Glass Museum

Public and Private Schools 

Kansas Star Casino & Equestrian Events Center

Local Shopping and Dining

Skate Park

Baseball / Softball / Tennis / Basketball

Low Crime

Wellington Airport

Futures Unlimited

Renting in Wellington

Download the SCKLA Rental Listing:

Link to the Live Google Document of Rental Listings (Organized by South Central Kansas Landlord Association).


List of Landlords/Apartments in the Wellington area 

To Join the South Central Kansas Landlord Association (SCKLA), Contact Kelly Hawley - 316-727-4073

For Landlords: SCKLA meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6pm at Big Cheese Pizza located at 324 N Washington, Wellington, KS 67152


RUSSELL RENTALS:  Contact Jeff Russell @ 620-326-2181

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Duplexes in Shadybrook

Alan Campbell, GIC
316-680-5699 (cell)

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NOW OPEN: Wedgewood Apartments

Waiting list now open: Call: 620 359-1144

Leave your name, phone number and if you would like a 2 or 3 bedroom apartments

Property Manager: Kailee Ritchey

Email: Wedgewood@wilhoitproperties.com for information


Baymont by Wyndham
Contact: Ramona George 

Tel: 620-326-8191
1177 E. 16th St. 
Wellington, KS 67152

Hampton Inns & Suites

Tel: 316-928-8638
785 Kansas Star Drive 
Mulvane, KS 67110
Monica Wright


Slate Creek Lodge

Contact: Diane Rhiley
Tel: 620-717-1655
403 S. West Rd. 
Wellington, KS 67152

Church Ignited

Contact: Wendell Skinner
Tel: 210-861-1049


First Presbyterian Church

Contact: Debra Schmidt
Tel: 620-326-3581
1419 Western Ave. 
Wellington, KS 67152

Hillside Baptist Church

Contact: Roger Lee
Tel: 620-326-8917
P.O. Box 701
Wellington, KS 67152

First Christian Church

Contact: James byers
Tel: 620-440-9230
123 W. 9th
Wellington, KS 67152

First United Methodist Church

Tel: 620-326-7403
202 W Harvey, PO Box 189
Wellington, KS 67152

Mayfield Federated Church

Contact: Val Warman
Tel: 620-434-5332
206 W. Garfield
Mayfield, KS 67103

St John's Lutheran Church

Contact: Jill Ledesma
Tel: 620-326-3089
1031 Mission Rd 
Wellington, KS 67152

Historic Downtown Wellington
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Downtown Historic Wellington is looking forward to a renaissance in the community. In 2016 there were 9 properties that had an upgrade to their facade. Historic Downtown Wellington is a part of the Sumner County Neighborhood Revitalization program. And properties that are over 50 years old and that are included in the formal "Downtown Historic District" recognized by the Kansas Historical Society have the opportunity of being in the program for not just 5, but 10 years. Building owners should contact the Sumner County Appraisers Office before starting any work on the building - interior exterior.  Anyone can review the list of properties included in the official Downtown Historic District. More information can be found by reviewing the 92 page document that is the National Register of Historic Places - Downtown Wellington Historic District Application. The Sumner County Historical and Geneological Society and the Chisholm Trail Muesum have historical documention of downtown properties.

Not included in the historic district are many historic homes in the Wellington area. The Sumner County Historical and Geneological Society and the Chisholm Trail Muesum also have great notes of historic homes in the Wellington and Sumner County area. To contact the SCHGS, email schgs@sutv.com

Gambrills Department Store - 122 N. Wash
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122 N. Washington Ave.

Wellington, KS