Rock, Kansas

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Rock, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Location within Cowley county
Location within Cowley county
Rock, Kansas is located in Kansas
Rock, Kansas
Rock, Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 37°26′25″N 97°0′23″W / 37.44028°N 97.00639°W / 37.44028; -97.00639Coordinates: 37°26′25″N 97°0′23″W / 37.44028°N 97.00639°W / 37.44028; -97.00639
Country United States
State Kansas
County Cowley
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 67131
Area code(s) 620

Rock is an unincorporated community in Cowley County, Kansas, United States.[1]


19th century[edit]

The post office was established August 12, 1870.[2] The nearby Bucher Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1877, the Florence, El Dorado, and Walnut Valley Railroad Company built a branch line from Florence to El Dorado, in 1881 it was extended to Douglass, and later to Arkansas City.[3] The line was leased and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence to El Dorado was abandoned in 1942.[4] The original branch line connected Florence, Burns, De Graff, El Dorado, Augusta, Douglass, Rock, Akron, Winfield, Arkansas City.

20th century[edit]

On Aug 24, 1978, the town was evacuated when a major oxidizer spill at a Titan II ICBM site (533-7) 2.5 miles south of the town.[5] The spill resulted in the deaths of 2 Airmen that were based out of the 381st Strategic Missile Wing, McConnell AFB, approximately 20 miles away.

21st century[edit]

In 2010, the Keystone XL Pipeline was constructed about 2.5 miles west of Rock, north to south through Butler County, with much controversy over tax exemption and environmental concerns (if a leak ever occurs).[6][7] A pumping station named Rock was built along the pipeline.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rock, Kansas
  2. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961, page 2". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
  4. ^ Railway Abandonment 1942
  5. ^
  6. ^ Keystone Pipeline - Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline Deal; April 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Keystone Pipeline - TransCanada inspecting pipeline; December 10, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Cowley County Kansas; D.A. Millington / E.P. Greer; Winfield Courier; 162 pages; 1901. (Download 16MB PDF eBook)

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