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Goodland, Kansas

Goodland, Kansas

Following a mild county seat "war" the new city of Goodland won the honor following the election in November, 1887, but the town of Eutis, unhappy over the election results, refused to relinquish the records. In January of 1888, an armed party from Goodland marched to Eutis and forcibly removed and relocated the records in Goodland's brand new Court House. Not a shot was fired, feelings were hurt, and Eutis as a city was doomed.

There are various tales of how Goodland received its name. The one most published gave credit to A.B. Montgomery, the resident land agent for the company that developed the city. Mr. Montgomery was a native of Goodland, Indiana, and stated that he believed the land here was as good as that of his home state, and dubbed the new city, Goodland, Kansas.

The first train arrived in Goodland on July 4, 1888, the day the Rock Island Railroad gave the city its start as a Tri-State Trade Center, the status it maintains today.

Located at the junction of Interstate 70 and K-27 the city is large enough to offer many assets to all ages, yet small enough to raise a family in an environment rich in old fashioned values.


Sherman County has 13,869 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Topside Territory Fantasy Playground

Come and enjoy the fun for all at the Topside Territory Fantasy Playground. Sit back and relax while your children run through this amazing playground.

Goodland, KS Parks

Sugar Hills Golf Course

Welcome to Sugar Hills Golf Club. Enjoy the beautiful rolling hills with blue grass fairways and challenging greens. For tee times, cart rentals or any other information, contact the Club Manager at

Goodland, KS Golf Courses

Giant Van Gogh

The Big Easel Project began in 1996 when an artist and teacher, Cameron Cross, decided to contribute a work of art to the city in which he was teaching, Altona, Canada. Cross decided an enlarged hand painted reproduction of one of Vincent van Gogh'

Goodland, KS Arts

Kidder Massacre Site

On June 1, 1867, Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer led a campaign from Fort Hays with a regiment of 1,100 men of the 5

Goodland, KS Military History

Smoky Gardens Fishing Lake

Smoky Valley Fishing Lake gives the visitor 11 acres to fish, enjoy picnics, and camp with electrical hookups. Boat ramps, drinking water and dump stations are also provided at the lake.

Goodland, KS Recreation

Things to do near Goodland, KS

Quinter Recreation

9 Hole Golf Course with artificial greens Tennis Courts Outdoor Volleyball ...

Nicodemus Historical Marker

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