Garden City, KS (GCK)
Located in the fertile lands bordering the Arkansas River, Garden City lives up to its name as an agricultural center known for generous wheat, sugar beet and alfalfa crops.
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2022): 4,945
- Facility Ownership: City of Garden City
- Parking Lot Ownership: City of Garden City
- Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
- Track Ownership: BNSF Railway
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The current Amtrak station in Garden City was built in 1907. This hip-roofed brick structure, with its hexagonal bay dormers, wide roof and decorative glass, was remodeled in 1957; and renovated again in 2002. Its 600-foot long gated platform is protected by wrought-iron fencing. The city has access to the building for civic and social events. Funding for this $810,000 renovation was supplied both by the city ($160,000) and federal grants.
Although the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (now BNSF Railway) already passed through that area, there was no depot or stop when the city was founded. Mail was sent in those early days by means of holding it up on a hook for the trainmen to catch. In 1879, the settlers organized formally as a town and reached an agreement with the railroad to stop there, at which time the town was resurveyed. By May 1, 1879, a wooden frame station house was shipped in from Topeka, and a depot installed in Garden City. In 1885, the depot and freight office were moved to the north side of the tracks, and later added to. However, in August of 1890, this depot was destroyed by fire; a temporary depot was erected and the permanent station was built.
Garden City is located on the prairie, in the fertile river bottom along the Arkansas River in southwestern Kansas; it is also the seat for Finney County.
As with many towns in its day, Garden City sprang up along the railroad line as farmers moved west, busting sod and planting crops. In February of 1878, the Fulton family together with Charles van Trump, the county surveyor, arrived at the site of present-day Garden City, and in March of 1878, presented their claims to the United States Land office. The name of Garden City was proposed because of the lush irrigated garden the Fultons grew, allegedly to spite the cattlemen who opposed the settlement of range lands there.
Garden City today is one of western Kansas’ largest cities, a trade center in a heavily irrigated farm and dairy region growing wheat, sugar beets and alfalfa. It has a gas and an oil field, cattle feedlots, and hide-processing and meat-packing plants. Its manufacturing plants produce farm machinery, cultured marble, and fertilizers. The city also boasts an agricultural experiment station, the Lee Richardson Zoo, and the Sandsage Bison Refuge and Wildlife Area. Author Truman Capote temporarily resided in Garden City and traveled here by train in order to cover trials described in his best-selling book, In Cold Blood.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- ATM not available
- No elevator
- No payphones
- No Quik-Trak kiosks
- Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
- Vending machines
- No WiFi
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure if you're checking baggage or need ticketing/passenger assistance
- Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure if you're not checking baggage or don't need assistance
- Amtrak Express shipping not available
- No checked baggage service
- No checked baggage storage
- Bike boxes not available
- No baggage carts
- Ski bags not available
- No bag storage
- Shipping boxes not available
- Baggage assistance provided by Train Crew
- Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
- No payphones
- Accessible platform
- Accessible restrooms
- No accessible ticket office
- Accessible waiting room
- Accessible water fountain
- Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
- No high platform
- No wheelchair
- Wheelchair lift available
Station Waiting Room Hours