Zenda is home to 70 (2019) residents. The Lumber Yard Steakhouse is very popular in the surrounding area. Zenda enjoys a quiet community atmosphere and close proximity to Kingman and Pratt.
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Local students attend school in either the Kingman Unified School District 331 or Cunningham Unified School District 332.
Highway KS-42 runs through the south side of Zenda. Pratt is only 40 minutes away and Kingman is under 30 minutes from town.
Originally known as Rochester, the community was named after Rochester, MN. It was settled in the mid-1880s but relocated in 1887 to its present position when the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railway came through. With the new location, the town was renamed New Rochester. As the United States became more connected through train, telegraph and mail service, the name Rochester in any form caused great confusion—28 other communities across the country were using that name. The wife of a Santa Fe conductor had read the novel The Prisoner of Zenda and thought Zenda was a pretty name. The Post Office officially changed the name from New Rochester to Zenda on October 7, 1892. Zenda is on the old AT&SF branch line that ran to Englewood.
Zenda is home to several historical attractions including the Zenda Jail and Model Building Display. St. John Rectory is within the city limits. Pratt and Kingman offer many attractions including Lemon Park and the Kingman Historic Theatre.
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