Pierceville

Name:

Pierceville

County:

Finney

Zip Code:

67868

Latitude / Longitude:

37°52’42″N 100°40’37″W

Elevation:

2,749 ft (838 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Pierceville is a small unincorporated community in Finney County, Kansas, United States. Pierceville is located along U.S. Routes 50 and 400, 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Garden City. Pierceville had a post office with ZIP code 67868, but it was disestablished April 11, 1992. A few houses, a community building, an empty elementary school, a grain elevator, and a church are all that remain of the community.

Remains:

The post office was established on June 10, 1873, and the town began to grow with a store and dugouts. Then tragedy struck on July 3, 1874. Indians who had been defeated in a fight in Texas were heading north and were looking for settlements along the Santa Fe Railroad. Once they got to Pierceville, they set fire to the store and chased the train that came through the town firing their arrows at the train and into the windows. It was learned later that this was the same group of Indians who had attacked the German family and killed the parents, a son and a small child before kidnapping the four daughters. The girls were with the Indians during the attack on Pierceville but were rescued later.

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Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

It was not until 1878 that a house and a store were built and the post office was reestablished on July 24. The town was platted in 1886 and the  was 400. There was a newspaper, hotel and a hardware store. By 1930, the population was 166.

Remarks:

The Western Trail (a cattle trail) played a part in the founding of this town. The Barton Brothers drove a herd of 3,000 cattle over the trail, and the cattle were the first to feed on the government lands in western Kansas. In the fall of 1872, they came to the  and established a ranch along the Arkansas River. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was laying track in southwestern Kansas, and they chose the Barton Ranch as headquarters for the town site. It was named Pierceville in honor of Chas. W. and Carlos Pierce, who were members of the original Atchison & Topeka Railroad company.