Oxford is an historic small town located in Sumner County on Highway 160. The community has been named a Tree City USA for over 10 years, and is full of history and outdoor activities. Located under 45 minutes from Wichita, residents have a lot of options for shopping, eating or entertainment both locally and in Wichita.
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Local students attend school at Oxford USD 358 with a total enrollment of only 330. Students can participate in activities including the STEM Program, News Production team, Life of a Wildcat Program, and many more. Find homes in Oxford by school district.
Highway U.S.160 runs through town, and downtown Wichita is less than 45 minutes away. Also, Wellington is under a 20 minutes drive. Browse the newest real estate listings in Oxford, KS.
Oxford’s history really began in 1869, when the Osage Indians camped near the large cottonwood ford which winds along the Ninnescah River and dumps into the Arkansas River. Chief Napawalla first gave Oxford its name. When the Treaty of 1870 was signed, the Osage Tribe moved from the area and left thousands of acres of the town Napawalla to be purchased by settlers.
J. M. Buffington is recorded as the first white man to cross the Arkansas River. Whether he did or not, he was a prominent figure in the history of Oxford. He was the mayor of Oxford, and also ran the toll bridge on the Arkansas River.
The Oxford Town Company was the first business to open in 1871, which changed the town name to Oxford. Many citizens hoped this name would place the town on the same educational status of Oxford, England. The community established the first school district in Sumner County. A newspaper, hotel, schools, churches and a mill helped the town grow quickly.
In the 1930’s the town was booming with oil, increasing the population. The town even had an opera house. For many years Oxford was a busy shipping and transportation center. Three railroads ran regular schedules. Gradually oil production lessened and after World War II people were transferred to other areas. Many of those who came here in the 1930’s have retired in Oxford.
Oxford sits on the west bank of the Arkansas River. Cave Park is located on the east side of town, and offers a playground area for children, a covered shelter, a public access and paved boat ramp to the Arkansas River. Little Town Square is in the heart of the city and provides a place to sit and enjoy the activities downtown. Napawalla Park—located right off Highway 160—provides camping facilities and covered shelters with tables, and a great playground area. The Oxford Public Library—also located at 115 South Sumner—is open Monday through Friday.
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