A small community in Salt Creek and Scott Townships in Lincoln County, Barnard is located near the northern boundary of the county, about 10 miles north and five miles east of Lincoln.
A quiet community now, Barnard was once home to the Barnard line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The community was first surveyed and l aid out in 1887. The town was named for John Fike Barnard, a general manager for one of the Santa Fe Railroad’s operating divisions at the time the Barnard branch was built.
The city was incorporated in 1904. By 1910 Barnard was home to 425 people, had two banks, a weekly newspaper called t he Barnard Bee, several churches, a n umber of retail stores, and a telegraph and express office. It was described as an important shipping point for agricultural products.
With a declining population, Barnard’s school closed in 1966. Students travel the 15 miles to Lincoln to attend USD 298 schools.
Residents of the area hold fast to their heritage and community. A community center has been built, home to a variety of community events.
New ownership has reopened t he city’s only cafe, renaming it Nancy’s Fancy’s and serving a weekly special each Wednesday evening.
The Barnard Lions’ Club is active i n the community, providing scholarships for students through fundraising activities. A grant was recently secured through G.L. Huyett Company to replace playground equipment at the City Park, and work is expected to begin in the near future.
Community pride is abundant in Barnard, people come from near and far to attend community events.
City Council meetings held once a month on the first Monday at 7 p.m. The city office is located at 313 Main St.
David Abell, Mayor
Council members: Randy Pickering, Janet Dowlin, Ken Srna, Nancy Houghton & Krystal Pickering
City Clerk: Barb Rathbun
Phone: 785-792-6270 (Monday mornings only, from 8 to noon)
Kansas Gas Service 800-794-4780
Westar Electric 800-383-1183
Twin Valley Telephone, Cable & Internet 800-515-3311
Water, sewer & trash 785-792-6270
US Post Office
Ran Dan Refuse
United Methodist Church
Barnard Baptist Church
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