A portrait of the Roglers on horseback, lined up in front of cattle

Our Story

The history of Pioneer Bluffs began like many ranches in the Flint Hills.

In 1859, Charles Rogler, a young Austrian immigrant, walked from his home in Iowa to build a new life in Kansas. Charles’ son, Henry, and in turn a grandson, Wayne, later took the reins, making the ranch operation one of the most well-respected in the region.

1936 Kenneth Robertson, Joe King, Kay Golden, Oscar Butters, Henry Rogler


Today Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the ranching heritage of the Flint Hills. Located in the heart of the Flint Hills, Pioneer Bluffs’ 12 acre homestead serves as a gateway to understanding the past, present, and future of ranching, as we explore the unique features of ranching in the Flint Hills.

Discover our National Register Historic District with an iconic 1915 barn, restored to a one-of-a-kind event space that has historic charm;  a 1916 granary/carriage house renovated to host ranching exhibits and research library; a classic 1908 farm house; log cabin; and mile-long limestone fence.


Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve the ranching heritage of the Flint Hills. We share this legacy through educational events and exhibits.

Who We Are

Lynn Smith, Executive Director

2020 Board of Directors

President: Dave Leiker, Emporia
Vice President: Kay Lauer, Cottonwood Falls
Treasurer: Justin Garr, Strong City
Secretary: Mary Harwood, Matfield Green

Member-at-large: Leigh Ann Crofoot, Cottonwood Falls
Member-at-large : Larry Crouse, El Dorado
Member-at-large: Sherry Ferguson, Reading
Member-at-large: Steve Graham, Emporia
Member-at-large: Anna Bassford-Woods, Cottonwood Falls
Member-at-large: Tom Brill, Leawood