Many famous people have come from Burlingame. Marshall Murdock founded a newspaper called The Osage County Chronicle, which is now called The Osage County Herald-Chronicle, in September of 1863, making it the fourth oldest newspaper in Kansas. In 1872 Murdock left Burlingame and founded The Wichita Eagle, now the largest newspaper in Kansas.
Ron Thornburgh was raised in Burlingame, Kansas, and graduated from Burlingame High School. He was elected the 29th Kansas Secretary of State in 1994.
Dr. Earl Sutherland, a Nobel Prize winner in 1971 for his scientific work on DNA, grew up in Burlingame and graduated from Burlingame High School.
Kenny (Trebbe) Starr, a country western singer/songwriter, also is a Burlingame High School graduate. Now living in Nashville, Tennessee, he recorded the No. 1 hit Blind Man In The Bleachers and also traveled and performed with Loretta Lynn.
Eric Godderz, a district judge in the Fourth Judicial District, graduated from Burlingame High School in 1981. District 4 covers Franklin, Osage, Coffey and Anderson counties
Col. Terry Maple, Superintendent of Kansas Highway Patrol, graduated from Burlingame High School in 1974. He joined the patrol on June 18, 1979, and was appointed superintendent by Governor Sebelius on February 1, 2008.
Carla Provost, Deputy Chief of the US Border Patrol, graduated from Burlingame High School in 1988. She joined the US Border Patrol on January 8, 1995, was appointed Deputy Chief of the US Border Patrol on October 26, 2016. She is the first woman to serve as Deputy Chief in the 92-year history of the Border Patrol.
About four miles west of Burlingame on Highway 31, looking to the southwest, one can see the wide ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. A marker is on the roadside indicating the area. Shortly beyond this point, on the north side, is the gravesite of Samuel Hunt, a dragoon soldier who died of natural causes on the Santa Fe Trail on September 11, 1835. The Dragoon soldiers patrolled the trail for robbers, thieves or any unruly activity.