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Homesteading in Gove County

Buffalo Park / Park

Park began as a railroad station for the Union Pacific Railroad. The station known as "Buffalo Station" was established in 1868. William (Billy) Sternberg became the agent at Buffalo Station because of his ability with a telegraph and his promise to stay 3 1/2 years. His brother, Charles Sternberg, was a noted fossil hunter who made his first trip to Buffalo Station in 1876.

The Buffalo Town Company was formed February 2, 1878. Buffalo was the first platted town site in Gove County. The first Post Office for Buffalo Station, established in 1873, was called Hill Gove. On April 28, 1879, the name was changed to Buffalo Park. In 1880 the second newspaper in Gove County, "The Express", was established in Buffalo Park. In June of 1880, "The Express" stated that by the end of 1879, Buffalo Park had 12 stores, 3 hotels, 3 livery stables, 3 restaurants, 3 saloons, 1 barbershop, 2 blacksmith shops, 1 harness maker, 1 bakery, 1 newspaper, and 1 physician/surgeon.

Buffalo Park had the first school district in Gove County. It was formed in 1878. The first church in Buffalo Park was a Congregational Church built around 1880. In 1889, the first Catholic Church was built.

The "Buffalo Park Pioneer" replaced "The Express": in 1885. In May 1886, the "Buffalo Park Pioneer" listed numerous businesses which included: Buffalo Meat Market, Buffalo Hotel, Real Estate, General Store, Fancy Boot and Shoemaker, Hay, Feed and Grain, and G.A.R. Post 367. In 1889, the G.A.R. Memorial College of Buffalo Park was chartered by the state as a college for children of Union Soldiers.

Among the settlers who came to the Buffalo Park area in 1878 was Pennsylvania Dutch from Pennsylvania. Beginning around 1900, the Volga-Germans began immigrating to the Buffalo Park area in large numbers.

The town of Buffalo Park was incorporated as a city of the 3rd class in 1950 when the name was changed to Park.


Gove County Historical Museum
They used the following sources in writing this information.

"History and Heritage of Gove County". Gove County Historical Museum.

Harrington, W. P. "History of Gove County, Kansas".


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