Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Historic District
photographs courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society
Also named: Henry and Maud Rogler Ranch
Chase County, KS
The Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Historic District (c. 1908-1940) is nominated to the National Register under Criteria A, B, and C for its historical association with the development of ranching in Chase County, Kansas, for its historical association with Henry Rogler, and for its architectural significance as an early twentieth century Chase County, Kansas ranch. The district includes a forty acre tract that encompasses the sixteen buildings and structures which comprise the nucleus of the Pioneer Bluffs Ranch. The forty acre tract is part of the original one hundred and sixty acre farm, which was settled by Charles W. Rogler in 1859. Under Henry Rogler's management Pioneer Bluffs Ranch grew to include 2,720 acres.
Pioneer Bluffs Ranch, while run by Henry Rogler, made the transition from farming to ranching. Rogler expanded his land and cattle holdings and his cattle management for others dramatically between 1905 and 1925. Henry Rogler was a leader in modernized production of feed crops, cooperating with Kansas State Agricultural-College in pioneering alfalfa production and some sorghum and soybean crops. Rogler typified the emerging farmer-stockman elite, who because of their agricultural success, were important both locally and at the state level. He served as the president of the Matfield Green State Bank from 1921-1931 and was a member of the Chase County Bankers Association. In 1927 he was one of fifteen master farmers selected from the entire state by the Kansas Farmer. He was one of the organizers and managing officers of the Chase County Farm Bureau for many years. As a Republican, he served as the Bazaar Township Trustee from 1900- 1901. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1914 and served one term. He was one of the 15 "Bull Moose" members of the house of representatives in 1915. He was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1928 serving one four year term. In the campaign of 1928 the senator had no opposition from either party, in the senate he served as chairman of the committee on live stock. Rogler served as director of the Matfield Green School Board for thirty-three years.
Rogler's desire and ability to provide better facilities for his livestock and storage as well as his family and laborers is reflected in the design of the ranch. The chosen architecture of the Main House (c. 1908), the Main Barn (c. 1915), and the Carriage House and Granary (c. 1916) is solid and well built, modestly reflecting wealth that provided for its construction. The retention of the 1872 house and barn underscore the commitment to modesty and family heritage. As it stands, the Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Historic District maintains a high degree of architectural and structural integrity from its 1908-1940 period of significance, representing the growth^ and success of the transient cattle industry in Chase County, Kansas.