Halstead, Kansas consists of a wonderful blend of small-town friendliness, safety, and "family", while also providing access to services and amenities normally associated with communities much larger.
Halstead is located approximately ten minutes west of Newton, Kansas, via US-50 and K-89 highways; about 25 minutes east of Hutchinson on US-50; and about 30 minutes northwest of Wichita.
Halstead has a three-block, "true downtown" business district which includes: restaurants, banks, historical society, interior decoration, meat market, grocery store, convenience store, beauty & barber shops, a chiropractic clinic, weekly newspaper, hotel, hardware store, insurance office, REALTOR, dental office, flower and gift shops and post office.
The City also operates a new family aquatic center and Wedgewood Golf Course, a nine-hole, public golf course, located approximately three miles northeast of town. The Recreation Commission directs many programs including: youth baseball and basketball, youth softball and soccer, adult softball and volleyball.
The Old Settlers Picnic, held in Riverside Park is the oldest continuous celebration in Harvey County and has been held every August, rain or shine, since 1887.
Founded largely by Russian Mennonite immigrants, the City of Halstead was incorporated in 1877 and named in honor of journalist Murat Halstead. With the hard red winter wheat (Turkey Red) they brought from Russia, the Mennonites established Halstead as a farming community, and built the Bernard Warkentine Mill at the confluence of the Little Arkansas River and Black Kettle Creek. A famous "pow wow" between the frontiersman Kit Carson and the Native American Chief Black Kettle had taken place some years earlier at this same confluence. Dr. Arthur Hertzler, the "Horse-and-Buggy Doctor," devoted much of his life and energies to the medical environment of Halstead, founding a clinic and hospital for the area residents.