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Founded by the Rock Island Railroad on May 10, 1887, as a division point on the rail line, Bucklin was named after a Rock Island civil engineer. The Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Railroad made its first trip to Bucklin by October 17, 1887, and the town became connected to Dodge City via rail lines in 1888.
In the summer of 1887, Bucklin experienced a boom with 31 buildings standing that housed 2 grocery stores, 2 general merchandise stores, a hardware store, a blacksmith, and a lumber yard, along with other businesses. A hotel and a depot were in business by that fall.
Then a drought began in the 1890's and the enterprising town lost businesses and people. By 1905, there were new businesses in the town once again.
The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.
Ford County Historical Society. Dodge City and Ford County, Kansas 1870-1920: Pioneer Histories and Stories.Dodge City, KS, 1996.
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