Harvey County Main Streets 4

During mid-1930s, this community enjoyed an oil boom.  Any ideas?

Burrton, Ks


The city of Burrton was laid off in the summer by Arkansas Valley Town Company along the mainline of the A.T. &S.F. Railroad. The first building was a blacksmith shop operated by A.W. Ballard. A Post Office was opened in July and by fall the new town had two general stores.


Burrton Mills, a three story frame structure with three runs of buhrs and a forty horse power engine, was opened.  The Mill burned in 1889.


September 3—Burrton incorporated as a third class city. W.H. Kinney was elected mayor.

November 2-The Burrton Telephone was established.


May 20-first issue of the Burrton Monitor, G. Vanderveer, editor.

Burrton Public Schools, 1915. The building with the tower was constructed in approximately 1885.


The Harvey House in Burrton was destroyed by fire.


November 11-Fire destroys the east side of Burrton’s Main Street.

Burrton Bank with the Opera House located on the second floor, 1910. Destroyed by fire in 1926.


Burrton Opera House was destroyed by fire.  The building also housed a furniture store, barber shop, telephone and real estate offices.

Burrton Bank & Opera House destroyed by fire, 1926.


Olsen Oil Co. drilled first oil well, M.B.Blake No. 1, west of the Burrton Grocery store.


Oil boom in Burrton with the peak year in 1934.  During this time over 1,000 people arrived in Burrton to take advantage of the  work and money to be made.

Aerial view of the Empire Oil & Refining Co., Burrton field, June 24, 1936

Phillips Service Station, Hwy 50, 1947.


March 13 – a F-5 tornado took the life of 6 year old Lucas Fisher before continuing through the center of Harvey County and on into Marion County.