Welcome to Burdett!
207 Elm Street
P.O. Box 286
Burdett, KS 67523
Burdett started originally as "Brown's Grove" 23 miles west of Larned, named for Dr. Gallatin Brown who staked out the townsite in 1876. It was a thriving settlement and in 1879 Wright and Johnson built a flour mill with a dam on the Pawnee River furnishing power for the machinery. It was the first flour mill in Kansas west of Hutchinson and was in operation for eight years.
The railrod was surveyed from Larned in 1885 and the first train arrived in 1886. The tracks came in a half mile south of "Brown's Grove" so businesses moved to the railroad and the town was re-named "Burdett" by the railroad officials for the famous writer and humorist Robert Jones Burdette. This was the end of the line for a year and a hand operated turntable was used. These were the boom years for the town.
The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh of Burdett on March 13, 1930. However, an organization of professional astronomers decided in 2006 that Pluto, small as it is, is not a planet of the first class. They now list it in a second ranking of planets, as a "dwarf planet." Tombaugh graduated from Burdett Rural High School in 1925. He made his first telesscope, and what he initially learned of astronomy was among the currant bushes of his family farm. In the fall of 1928, he went to Flagstaff, AZ., and was put in charge of the new 13 inch telescope at the Lowell Observatory.
In 1966, Burdett and Rozel schools unified to become "Pawnee Heights."
The City Government of Burdett is represented by:
Mayor: Leon Jennings
Council Members: Joe Miller, Joe Griffie, Gary McJunkin, Norma Delaney, Gary Schmidt
City Clerk: Linda Schadel
Street/Utilities Superintendent: Leonard Mostrom
EMS Director: Brandi Johnson
Fire Chief: Mark Johnson
Burdett has a nice grassed park area with playground equipment and a small putt putt golf course.
>>For the center of Burdett activites, call the Senior Center at 525-6655<<
(If you would like to have your business added to the list, please contact Shannon at 527-4212)
History and Strengths
Located on the west border of Pawnee County Kansas, with a population of roughly 294 people, the City of Burdett is a friendly farming community where everyone is happy to see you. Originally
named Brown’s Grove and later renamed by railroad officials for a famous writer and humorist, Robert Jones Burdett the new town was the end of the rail line around 1886.
In 1961 Burdett was incorporated with a mayor-city council form of government.
The city has an excellent fire department and emergency medical service. Business include a bank, farm implement dealerships, café, beauty shop, mechanic/auto repair shop, insurance companies, construction companies, photography studios, hay grinding services, Farmers Cooperative, crop dusting, and many more. Recently a new housing subdivision has been built with more to come.
Quality of Life for Burdett’s residents is very important. Burdett city park has an active volleyball court, first class tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, miniature golf course, a large children’s play area, horse shoe area, and other activities. There are events schedule almost every month throughout the year.
Burdett is serviced by State Highway 156, a small airport (Rucker) and rail. Located on the east west Auto and Bicycle Trail many tourist stop in Burdett and visit the city.
One of Burdett’s notable resident was Clyde Tombaugh. Burdett was the childhood home of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto.
Although he is best known for his discovery in 1930 of the Pluto, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified as the Kuiper Belt, Tombaugh also discovered many asteroids.