Pioneer Bluffs Today

The story of Pioneer Bluffs began in 1859 when Charles Rogler, a young Austrian immigrant, walked from Iowa to build a new life in Kansas. Charles’ son, Henry, and in turn a grandson, Wayne, later took the reins, making the farm/ranch operation one of the most well- respected in the region.

Today, Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization that carries on the Rogler legacy of respecting the land, preserving history, and engaging community with today’s pioneers.With a classic early 1900s farm house, barns, and distinctive mile-long limestone fence, Pioneer Bluffs is a National Register Historic District.

At Pioneer Bluffs, you’ll step into a classic family farmstead setting and discover an incredible repository of natural beauty and Kansas farming and ranching heritage.

Located in the heart of the Flint Hills, Pioneer Bluffs has become a respected heritage education center. Visitors arrive from down the road, across the world, and points in between to engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • The Prairie Talk series, offering community discussions on history, farming and ranching, ecology, family heritage, and sustainability.
  • Grandma’s garden,  flowers and plants that Grandma may have grown.
  • The Fall Festival, held annually on the first Saturday in October is a celebration of community and local food. The day includes family activities, antique tractor and car shows, petting zoo, home-grown food and hog roast, history demonstrations, and live music. 
  • Now and Then community events from yesterday and today.
  • A Day on the Prairie, giving children a chance to experience and learn from prairie heritage while exploring the creek and historic barn.
  • Volunteer workdays, held the first Saturday of every month, bringing together dozens of Pioneer Bluffs volunteers who work to preserve this historic site.