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!!

  • Originally called Burdenville.
  • Burden Town Company organized September 24, 1879.
  • Robert F. Burden named President of Burden Town Company. Town was later named after
  • Burden.
  • 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

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

Governing Body:
Mayor: Duane L. Wingert Jr.
President: Sherrie Conklin
Alisha Miller
Carleta Bolack
Leon Stoval
Chris Cannon

City Employees:
City Clerk: Julia Loving
Treasurer: Amanda Brogan
Maintenance Supervisor: Dale Deets
Maintenance Man: Ryan Mann
Court Clerk: Krysta Lane
Chief of Police: Roger Wilt


First Baptist Church
423 N. Elm St.
Burden, KS 67019

United Methodist Church
118 E 6th St
Burden, KS 67019


Forest Park – Along Hwy 160, west end of town
Playground equipment, sand volleyball pit, concrete walking trail and park pavilion

City Swimming Pool

501 W. 4th St. in Forrest Park

Clubs & Organizations

Burden Arena Association

Burden Dayz Committee

Burden Masonic Lodge

Eastern Cowley County Historical Society
512 N. Main St.
Burden, KS 67019
Open by appointment only

Eastern Star


Community Services

Burden Police Emergency: 911

Burden Police Dept. Sheriff Emergency: 911

Cowley County Sheriff Ambulance: 911

Burden Cemetery

Grand Prairie Cemetery

Rec Department
USD 462 Rec. Commission

Post Office
Burden Post Office
417 N. Main st.
Burden, KS 67019

Senior Center
Senior Citizen Club
124 W. 7th St.
Burden, KS 67019

City Office
Burden City Hall
401 N. Main St.
Burden, KS 67019
Mon-F: 9am-3pm

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