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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

Lone Star Presbyterian Church

The Lone Star Presbyterian Church denotes the strong religious faith of the settlers. The Charming white country church was built in 1915 north of Gem, Kansas. In 1988, the building was moved to the museum site. It was the third time the building had been moved.

Colby, KS Historic Churches

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

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

Thomas County Courthouse

Built in 1906, Thomas County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Romanesque Revival style building is graced by the "Spirit of the Prairie"

Colby, KS Historic Courthouses

Biggest Barn in Kansas

The Cooper Barn is one of the largest barns in Kansas and holds a wealth of Thomas County History. The cattle barn was built in 1936 and was part of the Foster Farms operation. The barn is 66 feet wide, 114 feet long and 48 feet high. It was moved to the site in 1992 and houses the exhibit "

Colby, KS Museums

Things to do near Colby, KS

Cottonwood Ranch

Cottonwood Ranch was purchased by the Kansas Historical Society in 1982. The Ranch established in the late 1800's was started...

Nicodemus Historical Marker

"In July, 1877, Negro "exodusters" from Kentucky established a settlement here in the Promised Land of Kansas which they name...