Population: 514 (2021 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, he lays at rest in the local Burden Cemetery. During the towns long history it 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. Walking path, community swimming facility, in addition to the numerous activities, plus 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.

Dining In Burden 

120 E. 5th, Burden, KS  
Need gas, snacks, or drinks? You’ll find something to satisfy everyone’s craving here.

Ma's Cafe
421 W 5th, Burden, KS
Monday - Wednesday - 8am-2pm
Thursday - 8am-7pm
Friday - 7am-7pm
Saturday - 7am-2pm
Sunday - Closed 


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.

Fun and Entertainment In Burden 

PRCA Rodeo
When: September 18th 2021
Where: Burden Arena 
What: Memorial Rodeo for Max Henderson
Contact: (620) 438-2360

Visit the Burden Arena Association Facebook page for information on upcoming PRCA Rodeos and other livestock events at the rodeo arena.

Burden Dayz

The Second Saturday in September, Burden Dayz Come Get Your 'Merica On is a celebrations of community that includes a parade, food vendors, craft fair, rodeo, and Classic American Fun.

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

Burden Barn Quilt Map
Cowley County Barn Quilts Trail

Cowley County Stone Arch Bridges
Seek out the 18 stone arch brides in Cowley County.
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 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
Open by Appointment only


Thriving businesses in Burden include the followings:

Bair's Car Wash 417 N Oak St
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
Burden Storage Hwy 160 & Elm St. Burden
Cindy’s Designs 408 N. Main St. Burden
Dobb’s Lawn Care 607 N. Walnut St. Burden
Earth Angel Recycling 817 N. Oak St. Burden
Emerald Bank 333 N Main Street, Burden
Felt’s One Stop 120 E 5th Street, Burden
Fleming Feed and Grain 20325 112th Rd, Burden
Hopper’s Auto Sales & Service 421 N Maple Street, Burden
Joseph’s Storehouse 424 N. Main Street, Burden
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
Salon Bliss 504 N Main Street, Burden
Locally owned and operated hair salon.
Senior Citizens Club 124 W 7th Street, Burden
Valley Coop 318 N Main  Street, Burden
Sunshyn Transport 418 W. 5th St. Burden


First Baptist Church
423 Elm Street, Burden

United Methodist Church
118 E 6th Street, Burden

Burden Public Officials

Mayor Roger Dobbs
Council Lee Wingert
Kyle Wham
Sherrie Conklin
Leon Stovall
Anthony Collins
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-3:00 pm. Closed during the lunch hour 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. 

2023 Burden Consumer Confidence Report