- Situated in southwestern Morris County
on the edge of the Flint Hills, the area was first settled by Swedish
immigrants in the 1880s. The town got its start as a station on the Strong City & Superior division of the
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and was first called Linsdale.
However, by the time the settlement gained a post
office in August, 1887, the settlement was called Burdick. By 1910, the town had a population
of about 225 people and boasted a bank, a money order post office, telegraph and express offices, and
several churches. At its peak, it also sported a grocery store, general
store, two banks, and both a grade school and a high school.
The Burdick High School closed in 1957, sending its students to school at
Lincolnville in Marion County. The grade school continued into the 1960s, when those
students were also sent to Lincolnville.
Today, all that remains are the Burdick Meat Locker, a family-owned
business since 1921 that is known for its meat processing, beef jerky, and
potato sausage; and the Burdick Oil Company, a family owned, full-service
gas station and ranch supply that celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008.
though Burdick is an unincorporated community, it still maintains a post
office. It is located about 27 miles southwest of
Vintage Burdick, Kansas.
A couple of remaining Burdick buildings today.
Kathy Weiser, September, 2009.
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- The oldest populated place in Morris County. See full article
Founded in 1885 by Henry Kingman, the town was named for his home town of
Delavan, Illinois. Just a year later Topeka, Salina and Western Railroad extended its tracks
from Council Grove to a point just east of Delavan; however, the route was
unused until the Missouri-Pacific Railroad took over and completed the
rail line on to