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Welcome to Burdett!
Mayor Leon Jennings and the Burdett City Council would like to welcome
you to Burdett, the town we enjoy calling home.
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207 Elm Street
P.O. Box 286
Burdett, KS 67523
Getting Started...
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

Contact Information

Water and Sewer City of Burdett
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Phone, Cable, Internet Golden Belt Telephone
Natural gas

Black Hills Energy
Electricity Midwest Energy
Trash Service Tri-County Disposal

Additonal Information:

  • You'll want a gas card from the COOP. Call them at 866-527-4216.
  • Post Office: 525-6631, Hours M-F 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Burdett has a nice grassed park area with playground equipment and a small putt putt golf course. 
The park also has restrooms, two picnic shelters, two tennis courts, a small basketball court,
a walking path, and a disc golf course with four goals. There is also a baseball field with an 
additional playground.

>>For the center of Burdett activites, call the Senior Center at 525-6655<<

Our School:
Pawnee Heights. A K-12 award school! 527-4211.

Area Churches:
Burdett United Methodist Church  525-6232
Faith Fellowship  525-6261
First Baptist Church at Rozel
Rozel United Methodist Church
Rozel Christian Fellowship

Civic Service:
American Legion, Tony Schadel, Commander
Sons of the American Legion
American Legion Auxiliary
Rozel Lions Club

Burdett Businesses:
Moossette's Cafe   >>>Find us on Facebook!
Delaney Implement  620-525-6221
Pelton Contracting and Construction 620-804-1534
Joe Miller Custom Cabinets  620-525-6209
Eldridge Construction  620-525-6527
DC.CC Computer Repair  620-525-6370
Cody's Lawncare  620-804-9591
Miller Construction  620-525-6589
Pawnee Valley Feeders 620-525-6271
Golden Valley COOP  620-525-6226
Eileen's Home Office.  Bookkeeping and Web Design  620-341-2103 
Raymond Bauer Agency Insurance  620-525-6263
Norris Propane  620-525-6268
Pawnee County Bank  620-525-6700
Prairie Welding and Fabrication 
Prairie Rose Photography  620-525-6791
Vonfeldt, Bauer, Vonfeldt Chtd CPA  620-525-6275
Pelton Simmental/Red Angus 620-525-6632
Rucker Bros. Flying Service 620-525-6712
Sonshine Prarie Inc.  Hay Grinding  620-285-9962
Generations Photography  Amy Schmitt   620-525-6496
Reece Photos, 620-525-6234
Classic Touch Auto Body  George Archuleta  620-617-0713
Thompson Trucking and Dirtwork  620-285-5331
Frontier Hybred Seed & WL Alfalfas  James Thompson  620-285-5331
Thompson Harvesting  620-285-5331 or 620-285-1388
End of the Trail Embroidery  Kristen Hammeke  620-525-6350
Jana Hands Day Care  620-521-3628
D N A Auto Mechanics  620-525-1120

Area Realtors:
Clock Reality  285-6541
Reep Reality  285-6317
Carr Auction and Real Estate  285-3148
Picket Fences Real Estate, LLC  620-285-2951

(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.