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Colby, Kansas

Colby, Kansas

"The Oasis on the Plains"

"Welcome to Colby!" Take time to experience our progressive community located on the high plains in Northwest Kansas on Interstate 70 just 53 miles east of Colorado and 42 miles from Nebraska.

Colby is home to many attractions including Kansas' biggest barn at the Prairie Museum of Art & History, Northwest Research Center, abundant parks and recreational facilities and the picturesque Thomas County Courthouse.

Shopping includes outstanding retail, outlet and discount establishments. Thomas County is primarily an agricultural area growing wheat, corn, sorghum, sunflowers. Livestock production is also vital to the area economy.

Quality of life abounds for our citizens and visitors alike. Community annual events are a source of pride with special events of interest all. Awaiting you are over 500 motel rooms and a large variety of dining establishments. Colby is the service center for the Tri-State area. It is the home of Colby Community College, a modern airport, numerous churches, progressive medical care with two care centers and hospital.

We are proud of our warm, friendly people and invite you to join us.


Thomas County has 10,950 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

The Eller House

The Eller House, displaying typical furniture, clothing, and objects, tells of farm life in the 1930s. The house was built in 1906 in Colby, was moved to a farm south of town in 1917 and was moved to the museum site in 1981.

Colby, KS Museums

Nicol School

The one-room Nicol School building symbolizes the cultural and social importance of education to the pioneers. It represents the 94 one-room rural schools that once graced the landscape in Thomas County.

Colby, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Colby Community College

The Colby Community College is a huge asset to our community. The Cultural Arts Center is a hub for cultural presentations and art exhibits. Changing exhibits are also featured at the Prairie Museum of Art & History.

Colby, KS Colleges

Sod House

The sod house shows the ingenuity of the homesteaders. The late 19th century dwelling exhibits furniture, clothing and other artifacts of pioneer life on the prairie. Volunteers constructed the sod house in 1984. Sod blocks, 1 foot by 2 feet by 4

Colby, KS Pioneer History

Prairie Museum of Art & History

The Museum has been dubbed "one of the finest museums in the Midwest" by KANSAS!

Colby, KS Museums

Things to do near Colby, KS

Fort Wallace

Fort Wallace was first called Camp Pond Creek and was established in September, 1865, about one-and-a-half miles southwest o...

South Fork Wildlife Area

1000 acres ...

Decatur County Courthouse

The Decatur County Courthouse houses m Murals of the area's history which are located on the third and fourth floors. ...

Spring Creek Casting

A gallery featuring the work of local artist, Anna Seeber Shaw, and is where castings of original sculptured artwork are prod...