Burns, Kansas

city in Marion County, Kansas, United States

Burns is a city in Marion County, Kansas, United States.[1] The city was named after a nearby train station, which was named before the city was incorporated.[8] In 2010, 228 people lived there.[9]

Burns, Kansas
Burns United Methodist Church (2010)
Location within Marion County and Kansas
Location within Marion County and Kansas
KDOT map of Marion County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°5′26″N 96°53′14″W / 38.09056°N 96.88722°W / 38.09056; -96.88722Coordinates: 38°5′26″N 96°53′14″W / 38.09056°N 96.88722°W / 38.09056; -96.88722[1]
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1905 [2]
Named forTrain station
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorRyan Johnson
 • Total0.35 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land0.35 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,499 ft (457 m)
 • Total228
 • Estimate 
 • Density650/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-09450 [1]
GNIS ID478038 [1]
W i k i p e d i a


1915 Railroad Map of Marion County

In 1877, the Florence, El Dorado, and Walnut Valley Railroad Company built a branch line from Florence to El Dorado, and a station called Burns was built north of the present city location. In 1881, the rail line was extended to Douglass, then later to Arkansas City.[8][10] The line was leased and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence through Burns to El Dorado was abandoned in 1942.[11] The original branch line connected Florence through El Dorado to Arkansas City.

At the current place, a city named St. Francis was platted in August 1880. When the town incorporated, they found the official city name of St. Francis was already used, so they changed the name to be the same as the nearby Burns train station. The station was moved into Burns. The original station was named after a railroad company official.[8]

A post office in burns was created on November 30, 1880.[12]

21st centuryEdit

In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was built 6.5 miles west of Burns, north to south through Marion County. There was a lot of controversy over road damage, tax exemption, and environmental concerns (if a leak ever occurs).[13][14][15] A pumping station named Burns was built 2 miles north of Potwin.[16]


Burns is at 38°5′26″N 96°53′14″W / 38.09056°N 96.88722°W / 38.09056; -96.88722 (38.090692, -96.887103),[1] in the Flint Hills. The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2). All of it is land.[4] The south city border of Burns is the county line of Marion County and Butler County.


Burns has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Burns has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[17]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)220[7]−3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census says that there were 228 people, 93 households, and 59 families living in Burns.[5]


Burns is a part of Peabody-Burns USD 398 public school district.[18][19]

In popular cultureEdit

  • Mars Attacks!, 1996 comedy science fiction movie, the Perkinsville scenes from this movie was filmed around Burns. The beginning cattle segment was filmed near Leon, and the retirement community where Grandma Norris lived was filmed in northeast Wichita.[20][21][22][23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Burns, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Information about City of Burns". The League of Kansas Municipalities. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  3. Government; City of Burns.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  6. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
  9. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  10. 1935 Rand McNally Standard Map of Kansas
  11. Railway Abandonment 1942
  12. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  13. Keystone Pipeline - Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline Deal; April 18, 2010. Archived October 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  14. Keystone Pipeline - TransCanada inspecting pipeline; December 10, 2010.
  15. Keystone Pipeline - County ask TransCanada for pipeline emergency plan; Hillsboro Free Press; February 15, 2011.
  16. Keystone Pipeline - Burns Pumping Station - New Powerline Map; Trow Engineering Consultants and TransCanda; 2010.
  17. Climate Summary for Burns, Kansas
  18. USD 398 Archived 2010-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  19. Kansas School District Boundary Map Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  20. Mars Attacks - Film Locations 1.
  21. Mars Attacks - Film Locations 2.
  22. "'Mars' attacks Kansas Museum of History; The Topeka Capital-Journal; July 28, 2011". Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  23. 20 years since "Mars Attack"ed Burns; Hillsboro Star-Journal; October 20, 2016.

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