Greensburg, Kansas

Greensburg, Kansas

Prior
to Tornado Disaster - May 4, 2007
In 1886, Governor John Martin organized Kiowa County and named it after the native Indians of the area. Small settlements were springing up across the plains. Donald R. Green "Cannonball Green" was instrumental in the organization of Greensburg, the town that would bear his name. Green was elected Kiowa County's first representative in the Kansas legislature in 1889.

Colonel Green was a flamboyant, boastful character. He liked to dominate a crowd while twirling his diamond-studded watch chains. He owned and operated "The Cannonball Stageline." His fine stagecoaches and speeding broncos blazed trails which railroads and highways later followed. He took great pride in the speed of his coaches and advertised that even "Father Time" couldn't keep up with the "Cannonball".

His stageline brought stability and prosperity to the towns it served as he helped his passengers become acquainted with prairie life. But his stageline was up-staged when the railroad came to Kiowa County. And that begins the story of the World's Largest Hand Dug Well!


Attractions near Greensburg, Kansas

Cherry Creek Encampment

This site features a memorial to the Cheyenne Indian survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864. Created by a ...

Petrified Tree Stump

A five foot high exemplary sample of petrified wood. Over 24 inches in diameter, stands imbedded in the sidewalk on Main Stre...


Greensburg Kansas Related Videos

The Story of Greensburg, Kansas

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Returning to Greensburg, Kansas

Team members of First Response Team of America returns to Greensburg, Kansas for the first time since a EF 5 tornado hit the town in 2007.

Greensburg, KS - 5 Years Later - Ray Stegman

Five years after being hit with and EF-5 tornado, Greensburg, Kansas is well on its way back. It's a 'green' city, it's a city exploring new ideas in building construction, in saving electricity,...

Re-Building Greensburg

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Rare video of the devastating Greensburg, KS EF5 Tornado

Never-before-seen footage of the Greensburg, KS EF5 tornado that tore through the southwest Kansas town the night of May 4, 2007. This video shows the deadly tornado touching down well south...

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