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Rock, Kansas

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
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]


  • History 1
    • 19th century 1.1
    • 20th century 1.2
    • 21st century 1.3
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


19th century

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

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

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. ^
  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. ^ ; April 18, 2010.Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline DealKeystone Pipeline -
  7. ^ ; December 10, 2010.TransCanada inspecting pipelineKeystone Pipeline -

Further reading

  • History of Cowley County Kansas; D.A. Millington / E.P. Greer; Winfield Courier; 162 pages; 1901. (Download 16MB PDF eBook)
  • History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
  • Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook), (Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)

External links

  • History of Rock, Kansas
  • Keystone Oil Pipeline, Detailed system map (near Rock)

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