Area Information


The Sac and Fox Indians occupied and hunted this area of the state prior to the settlers arriving. Frederick Troxel was the first European known to have settled in the Neosho Valley in 1854. He constructed a log house in the woods near the present town site of Le Roy.

The act incorporating the Burlington Town Company was approved February 20, 1857. The first dwelling was a combination of two small houses made into one for a provisions store. The second building erected was a log home used for a wagon shop. Next to go up was the Burlington Hotel in May of 1857. During the building of the hotel, Rev. Peter Remer and family arrived. Mrs. Remer being the first woman that had ever appeared on the town site, was greeted with cheers by the workmen at the hotel. The boys regarded her as the loveliest and handsomest lady they had ever beheld.

In 1857, a bridge was constructed across the river, but it was carried away by a freshet in 1859. The first steam sawmill in the county was started at Burlington in the spring of 1857. George W. Stevens erected the first store building, in the summer of 1857. Orlando and Judson A. Walkling erected a storehouse about the same time. The first celebration in Burlington of "the day that made us free" was July 4, 1857.

Burlington receives 37 inches of rain per year and 15 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 74. On average, there are 207 sunny days annually. The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 19.

Burlington has excellent modern educational facilities which offer a variety of educational and extra-curricular programs and services, as well as a well-trained staff.

Burlington's medical facilities offer a variety of modern, state-of-the-art equipment and services and 24-hour staff emergency services.


The Coffey County Airport offers a flight operations building, a 5,500 ft concrete runway and taxiways, a 20-unit T hangar, maintenance facilities, a ground school, and flight instruction. Chartered flights are available.

For more than a decade, Burlington has held the honor of being designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA." People come from miles around to use the parks and recreation facilities in Burlington, including a large modern recreation hub, aquatic center and two golf courses. Burlington and the surrounding area have numerous businesses which are, in themselves, tourist attractions. Burlington has a modern museum and library. Various entertainment facilities, as well as motels and eating establishments are available.

The Coffey County Lake has been called the "crown jewel" of Kansas fisheries. The 5,090-acre lake has an average depth of 21.5 feet with the deepest point being approximately 90 feet. The lake has been filled and stocked since 1982 with a variety of species including walleye, blue, flathead and channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, black and white crappie, white bass, striper and wiper.

The area is full of events that celebrate our heritage and our future. You will find accommodations, attractions and restaurants that will enrich your stay. We know you will experience a taste of our down-to-earth, Midwestern hospitality that won't soon be forgotten. Stop by our United Country office so we can share more of our little piece of paradise with you. Chances are you'll never want to leave.

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