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Havana Stage Station

Address: 4.5 miles west of Burlingame on K-31
Burlingame, KS 66413


About this Exploration:

The settlement of Havana was located on the south side of K-31 approximately four miles west of Burlingame with about 50 German and French families settling there.  Built in 1858, the site included six small buildings, a store, a large stone hotel and a stage station. The station operated as a stop on the mail stage line offering meals and lodging until around 1869, when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad arrived in nearby Burlingame.

Looking across the pasture to the south and west of this site, traces can be seen of the wagon ruts on the old trail.  Half a mile south of the settlement on Soldier Creek, a large three story stone brewery was under construction when the plan fell through due to lack of funds and dissension within the settlement.  Soon the leading merchants failed and the town was abandoned in the early 1870s. Many of the Germans moved to Alma and the property was sold for taxes. The brewery was later used for many years as a grist-mill.

The ruins of the hotel and stage station can be found 4 miles west of Burlingame along K-31, formerly the Santa Fe Trail.

contact info
Tricia Kline

Burlingame, KS 66413
Phone: 785.224.1403
Melissa Miller-Atwood
107 N. Topeka Ave #208
Burlingame, KS 66413
Phone: 785.554.8500
Christi Droege

Burlingame, Kansas 66413
Phone: 785.224.7340
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