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Brainerd, Kansas
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
Brainerd, Kansas is located in Kansas
Brainerd, Kansas
Brainerd, Kansas
Location in Kansas
Brainerd, Kansas is located in the United States
Brainerd, Kansas
Brainerd, Kansas
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
Township Milton
Platted 1885
Named for Elisha B. Brainerd (landowner)
1,385 ft (422 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 316
FIPS code 20-08200
GNIS ID 473721

Brainerd is an unincorporated community in Butler County, Kansas, United States. It is located on the north side of K-196 highway between the cities of Whitewater and Potwin.


Early history

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.

19th century

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 sprang up mid-1880s around a depot placed on the Missouri Pacific railroad line. The community was named for Elisha B. Brainerd, an original landowner.

20th century

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.

21st century

In 2006, the Remington Rock monument was built near the Frederic Remington High School.


Brainerd is located at 37°57′4″N 97°5′43″W / 37.95111°N 97.09528°W / 37.95111; -97.09528 (37.9511267, -97.0953122).


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.



K-196 highway runs along the south side of the community.

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