Rozel, Kansas

Rozel, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Rozel, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Rozel, Kansas, in Pawnee County, got its start in July 1886 by the Arkansas Valley Town and Land Company.

Situated on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, the town company acquired the land from the railroad for $832 and laid out a townsite consisting of two city blocks. The name Rozel was chosen in honor of the daughter of one of the founders of the Land Company whose name was Rozella. A post office was established on June 15, 1893.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Rozel, Kansas.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Rozel, Kansas.

At the turn of the century, the town boasted a bank, a mill, a grain elevator, a number of retail stores, telegraph and express offices, and a money order post office. The population in 1910 was about 200.

Today, the town has just about 160 people. However, it still supports a post office and the Pawnee Heights School District for area students of all grades.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser-Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated April 2021.

Also See:

Extinct Towns of Pawnee County
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Museums & Historic Sites
Pawnee County
Pawnee County Photo Gallery
Santa Fe Trail in Pawnee County

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