Park

Kansas

First called Buffalo, then Buffalo Park, the town is now known simply as Park, Kansas. The legendary heritage of Park, the oldest town in Gove County, is still seen today in its townspeople and edifices. The community celebrates its Pennsylvania Dutch and Volga-German ancestry and greets all who visit Park. As you drive along 1-70 from either the east or west, the steeple standing proudly on the horizon denotes Park’s beautiful “Cathedral of the West” Catholic Church. Another of the community’s treasures is the newly built Buffalo Park playground. Local traditions include the annual Knights of Columbus Breakfast, the Gove County Rodeo, and the Easter Egg Hunt. Whether you are just passing through or you are looking for a unique small town experience, Park, Kansas and its “Cathedral of the West” welcomes you!

  • Initially a Union Pacific Railroad station established in 1868 known as Buffalo
  • Town got its name from the buffalo and antelope that were visible from atop the station’s 120 foot tall wooden water tank
  • Buffalo – first platted town site and first school district in Gove County
  • Name changed to Buffalo Park on April 28, 1879
  • In 1879 businesses prospered in Buffalo Park and included 12 stores, 3 hotels, 3 livery stables, 3 restaurants, 3 saloons, a barbershop, 2 blacksmiths shops, a bakery, a college named G.A.R. Memorial College, and a newspaper known as The Express
  • The first school district in Gove County originated in Park in 1885.
  • Cattle driven from Texas to Buffalo Park to be shipped by rail or driven on to Nebraska and the Northwest Territories
  • 1899 and spring of 1900 the first Catholic Church built
  • In 1950 the town name was changed to Park
  • The Catholic Church became “The Cathedral of the West” in 1972

Fun Facts:

Park has the oldest standing Concrete Grain Elevator in the county, which was built in 1925.

Honors

Layton KaiserWheatland High School teacher and coach (32 years of service)

  • 2009 KSHSAA Hall of Fame inductee
  • 1999 Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame inductee

Famous or Noteworthy People

Don Kinderknecht – Entertainer/Voice Over Artist

Landmarks

Sacred Heart Catholic Church known as “The Cathedral of the West”.

Founded: 1878 as Buffalo Park

Population: 129

County: Gove

Zip Code: 67751

Elevation: 2,749 ft

Average Temperature:
Summer: 74.17°
Fall: 41.67°
Winter: 34.5°
Spring: 62.67°

Average Annual Rainfall: 26.49″

Days of Sunshine: 267 days

Location: Located on I-70 in Western Kansas; mile marker 100. Centrally located between Denver, CO and Kansas City, KS.

Recycling Available:
Wed-Fri

City Council Members:
Roy Williams, Mayor
Terry Billinger
Jim Heier
Amy Davidson
Delbert Garrett, Clerk
Kerry Billinger, Water/Sewer Department
Alfred Waldman, City Maintenance

Churches

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
202 Cottonwood St
Park, KS 67751

Parks

Buffalo Park
Main Street
Newly built and modern playground, basketball court, picnic tables, park benches, picnic pavillion, sand box, volleyball area

Clubs & Organizations

Altar Society

Boy Scouts

CYO (Catholic Youth Organization)

Daughters of Isabelle

Knights of Columbus

Rodeo Club

Community Services

Emergency: 911

Fire: 911 or 785.673.4899

Ambulance: 911 or 785.754.2288

Sheriff: 911 or 785.938.2250

City Office:
400 S. Elm
Park, KS 67751
785.673.4873

Post Office:
200 W. 4th
Park, KS 67751
785.673.4349

Library:
NWKS Library System

Cemetery:
Sacred Heart Cemetery
(east of cemetery – township)

Golden Prairie District – K-State Research and Extension

Activities

Estate Auctions

Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Seasonal Hunting

Area Attractions

 Hays Regional Airport – 60 miles

Camping – 25 miles

Castle Rock – 25 minutes

Fishing – 30 miles

Go-Kart Racetrack – 30 minutes

Hunting – Local

Movie Theaters – 25 minutes

Racetrack – 30 minutes

Swimming – 10 minutes

The Pyramid Rocks – 25 minutes

Waterskiing – 60 minutes

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