|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Named for||Elisha B. Brainerd (landowner)|
|1,385 ft (422 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|FIPS code||20-08200 |
|GNIS ID||473721 |
For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.
In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.
In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Butler County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Brainerd.
A post office was established in Holden on December 14, 1870, then renamed to Brainerd on January 25, 1886. The post office closed on August 31, 1907.
Brainerd was platted in 1885 around a depot along the McPherson branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The community was named for Elisha B. Brainerd, an original landowner. It quickly grew, including some businesses and houses from nearby community of Plum Grove.
In 1961, Frederic Remington High School was built immediately north of Brainerd. Leading up to this new school, Whitewater, Potwin, Brainerd, Elbing, Furley, Countryside, and Golden Gate schools merged to form a joint rural high school. Heated opposition between Whitewater and Potwin occurred during the discussion for the location of the new high school. Rural voters pushed for a centralized location in neither town. A public vote was passed to build the new school near Brainerd.
In 2006, the Remington Rock monument was built near the Frederic Remington High School.
The community is served by Remington USD 206 public school district. The Remington High School mascot is a Bronco.
- Frederic Remington High School north side of Brainerd.
- Remington Middle School in Whitewater.
- Remington Elementary School in Potwin.
- The Newton Kansan, regional newspaper from Newton.
- Butler County Times-Gazette, regional newspaper from El Dorado.
- The Wichita Eagle, major regional newspaper from Wichita.
K-196 highway runs along the south side of the community.
- "Brainerd, Kansas", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior
- "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- Mooney, Vol. P. (1916). History of Butler County Kansas. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 175.
- "Profile for Brainerd, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- New town of Brainerd and Potwin; The Peabody Gazette; Page 4 of June 11, 1885.
- USD 206 History
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brainerd
- Wichita-Hutchinson Radio market.
- Wichita-Hutchinson TV market.
- Plum Grove, Brainerd, Whitewater, and Potwin from 1870 to 1900; Roland H. Ensz; Emporia State University; 134 pages; 1970.
- Brainerd, Kansas - Time, Place and Memory on the Prairie Plains (A Brief History of the Brainerd Area)
- Frederic Remington Area Historical Society
- Butler County maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Topo Map of Whitewater / Potwin / Brainerd area, USGS