Burden

Burden 

Population: 528 (2017 Census Estimates)

Source: United States Census Bureau

Contact: City of Burden (620) 438-2360

FUN FACT: Burden, founded in 1879 as Burdenville after R.F. Burden, at one time had four passenger trains daily, two going east and two going west.

Burden, the gateway to eastern Cowley County, is the hub of the local school district.
A newly constructed walking path and community swimming facility, in addition to the numerous activities and sports offered through the school and recreation commission appeal to the young and young at heart.
Civic organizations, festivals and local events offer family entertainment and ample opportunities for those seeking involvement in the community.
Safety is a top priority for the community of Burden. The city erected a storm shelter at the community’s park, operates a local police department and supports an outstanding volunteer fire department.
Burden continues to invest in its downtown area by attracting small businesses and supporting local tourism initiatives.

— Lisa Braun

Dining In Burden 

Turner’s at 421 Main
421 North Main, Burden
620-438-4000
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: Noon – 2 pm, 6 – 9 pm
Friday: Noon – 2 pm, 6 pm – midnight
Saturday: Noon – midnight
Sunday: Closed
Fresh farm-kitchen (or farm-to-table) cuisines are offered at Turner’s. Check out their amazing menu selections. Call ahead to confirm the business hours recommended.

One-Stop
120 E. 5th, Burden, KS
620.438.2877
Passing through or looking for a quick option? You’ll find something to satisfy everyone’s craving here.

Education

Public Education: Central of Burden: USD 462

620-438-2217 – www.usd462.org

  • ACT scores exceeded state average in 2013; math and reading scores consistently well above state averages
  • Only elementary school in county honored as “Rewards School” by Kansas Department of Education
  • Junior/Senior High School implementing project-based learning for more hands on education

As a graduate of the Central School District, I feel fortunate that my kids now get to experience the same opportunities that a small school has to offer. With the smaller class size comes more individual attention tailored to the needs of each of the students.  We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring people, from the administration, to the faculty, to the staff, taking care of our kids.

Burden serves as the hub for the local school system of the area. Central USD 462 combines the education of students living in Burden, Atlanta, Cambridge and Grenola into a well-oiled machine. They are known as the Central Raiders.

Stay-N-Play Daycare
517 N. Main St. Burden
620.218.8594

Fun and Entertainment In Burden 

Burden Dayz & PRCA Rodeo
When: Second Saturday in September
Where: Downtown Burden
What: Parade, rodeo, music, activities
Contact: (620) 438-2360

Visit www.burdenfairassociation.org for information on upcoming PRCA Rodeos and other livestock events at the rodeo arena.

Cowley County Barn Quilts Trail
Burden has beautiful 22 Barn Quilts! Explore using the maps below:

Burden Barn Quilt Map
Google Map of Cowley County Barn Quilts Trail

Cowley County Stone Arch Bridges
Seek out the 18 stone arch brides in Cowley County.
Google Map of Historic Stone Arch Bridges of Cowley County

Forest Park and City Swimming Pool
Along Hwy 160 on west end of town.
Park: 620.438.2360 Swimming pool: 620.438.3322
The Burden City Park, officially named Forest Park, was established in 1886. The first three-day Eastern Cowley County fair was held in 1894 and continued to be a community tradition for almost 100 years. Infamous for the horse racing events that were held at the park for almost as long as the annual fair, the park and rodeo grounds is also the site for PRCA rodeos, another long-time tradition for the community. The PRCA Rodeo, in conjunction with the Burden Dayz Celebration, is held the second Saturday of September. Playground equipment, sand volleyball pit, concrete walking trail and park pavilion are some of the park amenities. Check out the original fire bell for the city at the entrance of the park.

Eastern Cowley County Historical Society
512 N Main Street, Burden
620.438.3526
Open by Appointment only

Businesses 

Thriving businesses in Burden include the followings:

Blair's Car Wash 11526 211th Rd, Burden
620.438.2850 or 888.712.2990
Bair Propane LLC 11526 211th Rd, Burden
620.438.2850 or 888.712.2990
A family-owned business since 1959 serving Cowley, Sumner, Butler, Elk and Chautauqua county.
Bannister Financial 408 W. 5th St. Burden
620.438.4060
Burden Cemeter Robert Burden, founder of the City of Burden, is buried here.
Burden Storage Hwy 160 & Elm St. Burden
620.438.2421
Cindy’s Designs 408 N. Main St. Burden
620.876.5440
Debb’s Lawn Care 607 N. Walnut St. Burden
620.438.2504
Earth Angel Recycling 817 N. Oak St. Burden
620.438.2874
Emerald Bank 333 N Main Street, Burden
620.438.2212
Felt’s One Stop 120 E 5th Street, Burden
620.438.2877
Fleming Feed and Grain 20325 112th Rd, Burden
620.438.2291
Hopper’s Auto Sales & Service 421 N Maple Street, Burden
620.438.2363
Joseph’s Storehouse 424 N. Main Street, Burden
620.438.2497
Open Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, & Sunday 9:00 am – noon
Resale retail store featuring a large variety of clothing, housewares and more.  Store supports community needs and local food pantry
Southern KS Telephone Company-SKT 408 W 5th St, Burden
888.758.8976
Rural telephone company providing phone, internet and cell phone services
Salon Bliss 504 N Main Street, Burden
620.438.4247
Locally owned and operated hair salon.
Senior Citizens Club 124 W 7th Street, Burden
620.438.2551
Valley Co-Op 318 N Main  Street, Burden
620.438.2314
Sunshyn Transport 418 W. 5th St. Burden
620.438.6453

Churches 

First Baptist Church
423 Elm Street, Burden
620.438.2563

United Methodist Church
118 E 6th Street, Burden
620.438.2357

Burden Public Officials

Mayor Duane Lee Wingert Jr.
Council Chris Cannon
Anthony Collins
Sherrie Conklin
Leon Stovall
Kyle Wham
Meeting are the 4th Monday, 7:00 pm

The city is on Facebook.

401 N Main
PO Box 37
Burden, KS 67019
(620) 438-2360
Fax: (620) 438-2422
Office Hours: M-F 9:00 am-12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

2016 Consumer Confidence Report-Burden

2015 Burden Consumer Confidence Report

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