Bucklin was founded as a railroad town by a civil engineer with the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad named Bucklin. It has the distinction of being a three railroad depot town, one of which is open to the public as an historic railroad museum. In addition, railroad souvenirs are available Miss Pitty’s Gift Shop.
The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad arrived in the town of Bucklin in 1880. That same year, Col. C.D. Perry of Englewood, Illinois with Wichita capitalists, built the Bucklin to Dodge City railroad, the very roadbed of the present Dodge City, Ford & Bucklin Railroad. The 26.5 miles of trackage connected the C.R.I.&P. in Bucklin to the A.T.&S.F. in Dodge City passing through Ford, Kansas, just south of the Arkansas River.
Visit the small Ford County community of Bucklin and see the ornate Methodist church at Main and Maple.