Brookville, Kansas Another Kansas cowtown, Brookville got its start when the tracks of the Kansas Pacific Railroad reached the area in 1867. Located about 15 miles southwest of Salina, its first settler was a man named John Crittenden. The first buildings erected in the town were the round house and shops of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. That very first year, Brookville was attacked by Indians. Angered by the railroad pushing west into their hunting grounds, a large group of warriors converged upon the town. Taking refuge, the townsfolk escaped to the roundhouse where a barricade was hastily thrown up. BrookvilleBrookville
is not a total ghost town
, as its population is about 260 people. However, it is a shell of its former heydays as a cowtown
when its population was about 2,000.