Clearwater has become known for its community-oriented way of life that makes it one of the premier places in the Wichita metropolitan area to live and raise a family. Residents share a vision for Clearwater that balances its heritage with progress and economic vitality. Surrounded by Kansas farmland, the town itself is a peaceful family community filled with people who are warm, welcoming, and proud to call this place home.
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The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce mission is: Improving quality of life through business growth and prosperity. This is a growing and thriving community because businesses and individuals work together to make Clearwater a better place to live, work and play.
Clearwater has many services available within the city limits, including healthcare professionals in medicine, chiropractic care, physical rehabilitation, dentistry and a pharmacy. In addition, whether it's a gift for a birthday, flowers for mom, a haircut, automotive work, or maybe something else that is needed, Clearwater has options available.
If moving to the area, the city provides water, sewer and trash / recycling service. Other utilities include Westar Energy for electrical service and Kansas Gas Service for gas service. Local telephone, cable and internet services are available through SKT along with internet services through Exede Satellite Internet. Browse the newest real estate listings in Clearwater, KS.
The city of Clearwater is located in Clearwater USD 264. The district has over 1,100 students and competes in 4A athletics. Local facilities provide a great atmosphere for education. The school board and staff are committed to a well-rounded curriculum that will prepare its students for the global world.
USD 264 has four school buildings currently occupied by students: PreK—3 building, grades 4-6 intermediate building, 7-8 middle school, and grades 9-12 high school. USD 264 offers a wide variety of very successful extra-curricular activities for grades 7 -12.
The Clearwater Recreation Commission offers a variety of activities year-round for its younger students. The district staff is very committed to being innovative leaders in education, and will continue to strive for excellence for all of its students and the community.
Clearwater is a safe, clean, family-oriented small town located just southwest of Wichita. It is close to many activities—just 15 minutes from Cessna, 15 minutes from Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, 20 minutes from Towne West Mall and New Market Square, and 25 minutes from downtown Wichita. Yet, Clearwater has also been called the cul-de-sac to Wichita because it is located just a bit off the beaten path.
The original town of Clear Water began as a small trading post on the north side of the Ninnescah River and was established for Texas cattlemen who were driving cattle on the Chisholm Trail. The first settler from Ireland came in the winter of 1869. In 1872, Ninnescah Township was formed. Ninnescah is an Osage Indian name. The first part of the name means ‘water’ and the last part of the name includes clear, salt, spring, good and white water. In 1872, 40 acres of land were donated and recorded by the Sedgwick County Register of Deeds. The location of the old town of Clear Water was Section 25, Township 29, Range 2 West in Ninnescah Township. The platting established 252 lots, and the town continued to flourish when the cattle drives were at their height. The cattle drives ended on the Chisholm Trail by Clear Water in 1874 because the farmers started fencing fields for cattle.
As soon as the railroads were surveyed and the station built at the new site, currently Grant & Byers, the people of Clear Water moved and this location became the present site of Clearwater. The first Missouri Pacific train came through the new site on July 4, 1884 and the first Santa Fe train came in 1887. Emigrant families that came to the Clearwater area were Irish, German, Scotch, English, Swiss, Swedish and Danish. Clearwater began to flourish with the Wichita Eagle reporting 700 inhabitants in early 1885. Four months later the Order of Incorporation of the city dated September 1, 1885 reported, “that the Clearwater population is in excess of 2,000.” By 1900 the population was only 304. Several factors contributed to the population decline including the drought of 1887, historic run to Oklahoma in 1889, poor crops and people moving back to Wichita and other areas.
The first school—a one-room building—was built in 1872 on the south side of Ross Avenue just west of the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks. June 22, 1884, arsonists burned the first school. The second building was built in 1885 and was two-story, four-room brick building. The first eighth-grade class graduated in April 1895. The first two-year high school class graduated in 1902 and the first four-year high school class graduated in 1909.
In 1910, two Clearwater residents sold their blacksmith and machine shop to give their attention to management of the first light plant in Clearwater. Lights were turned on each evening. In 1912, the Council authorized Ordinance 76 for the sum of $23,000 in bonds for constructing and erecting the first water works system in the city. The first sewer system was installed in 1947, which was a Sewer Purification Plant. United Gas Service Company brought gas to Clearwater in 1927.
Clearwater has many activities to keep residents happy and entertained, including the following:
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Clearwater is a very active community and features a number of events. Some of the major community events include:
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