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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

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

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

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

Post Office WPA Mural

The Post Office was built in 1936. Inside is the mural "Rural Delivery," depicting a postman of yesterday delivering mail to his country patrons. It was painted by Kenneth Adams, a WPA artist.

Goodland, KS Arts

High Plains Museum

Kansas has a unique history and no less so than Goodland and Sherman County. The High Plains Museum's collection of over 8,000 objects lets adventurers of all ages discover the past for themselves. Six HO scale dioramas tell the story of the early pioneer'

Goodland, KS Museums

Things to do near Goodland, KS

Logan County Lake

The 75 acre lake does become periodically dry during low rainfall seasons. There are boat ramps, camping, and picnic areas. ...

Self-Guided Car Tour

Rawlins County self-guided car tour. A complete audio-visual experience! An audio tape has been produced that you simply inse...

Spring Creek Casting

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