Rock, Kansas

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Rock, Kansas
Location within Cowley county
Location within Cowley county
Rock, Kansas is located in Kansas
Rock, Kansas
Rock, Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Rock, Kansas is located in the United States
Rock, Kansas
Rock, Kansas
Rock, Kansas (the United States)
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
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)620

Rock is an unincorporated community in Cowley County, Kansas, United States.[1] Rock is located at 37°15′45″N 97°00′08″E / 37.2625°N 97.0023°E / 37.2625; 97.0023.


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 Air Force Base, 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 June 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
  4. ^ Railway Abandonment 1942
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  6. ^ Keystone Pipeline - Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline Deal; April 18, 2010. Archived October 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Keystone Pipeline - TransCanada inspecting pipeline; December 10, 2010.

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