During the time of the American Civil War, this site was known to attract Jayhawkers due to the area's numerous beehives. In addition to using the honey as food source, they would often stash honey in hidden pots that local sympathizers would exchange for supplies. This activity would eventually lead to the Kaiser Burnout by the confederates in the nearby cane fields.
In 1901 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway reached the site, and by 1907 a post office was established. The local sawmill was sold several times until it fell into ownership of the Kirby Lumber Company owned by John Henry Kirby. The mill closed during the Great Depression, but would open to run again until its final closure in 1955.