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Burden, KS

No one knew how big Robert F. Burden’s small discovery would become. His adventurous and enterprising spirit led him to Burden, where the fertile fields and neighboring natural spring water were ideal for raising livestock. This Cowley County Kansas town, established in 1879, was named after Robert Burden. The founding vision for the town continues to thrive in this tight-knit community, but don’t be fooled by Burden’s small town appearance. There are always big happenings going on like the annual town birthday celebration and the Burden PRCA Pro Rodeo. Of even greater importance are the friendly locals who value the preservation of hometown town values: helping neighbors, working hard, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Ask any resident and you’ll learn there is no better place to live than Burden, Kansas. Close to large city conveniences, life in Burden allows you to escape the daily stresses of life. Small towns spawn big memories. Make memories to last a lifetime in Burden - the Biggest Little town in Kansas!!

Founded: 1879

Population: 535

County: Cowley

Zip Code: 67019

Elevation: 1,383 ft

Average Temperature
Summer: 81°
Fall: 60°
Winter: 37°
Spring: 59°

Average Annual Rainfall: 34.8"

Location: 51 miles southeast of Wichita

Latitude: 37° 18' 46" N
Longitude: 96° 45' 14" W


  • Originally called Burdenville.
  • Burden Town Company organized September 24, 1879.
  • Robert F. Burden named President of Burden Town Company. Town was later named after
  • February 27, 1883 first elected official R.R, Phelps, the mayor.

Town Slogan:
Biggest Little Town in Kansas

Fun Facts:
Writer Alan Ryker grew up in Burden - writes about the town of Burden in his Vampire of the Plains series