James R. and William D. Fulton, a couple of wild horse hunters, filed homestead claims in 1878 in the center of the county known as Sequoyah at that time. Joining in Garden City's foundation was a young member of their outfit, John A. Stevens. A year later, C.J. Jones, a well-known promoter, joined the trio. It was through his persistent appeal that the Santa Fe eventually built a depot at the site of the tiny settlement. When land in the county was opened for homesteading, speculators and promoters lured Easterners to the treeless prairie, where sod houses and claim shacks soon dotted every quarter section.
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The first courthouse in Finney County was built in October, 1885, at this location. The county soon outgrew the small building and in 1902 was moved to a larger building at 113 South Main Street until the present courthouse was built in 1929. C.J. "Buffalo"Garden City, KS Historic Courthouses
The Finnup Center for Conservation Education is a state-of-the-art facility which helps the zoo fulfill its primary mission of education. The beautifully crafted center is named for its benefactor, the Finnup family, long time supporters of the zoo and Finnup Park. Completed in the spring of 199Garden City, KS Education Centers
This four story hotel was sometimes referred to as the "Waldorf of the Prairies". In 1887, John A. Stevens built the hotel next to the Opera House (the Opera House no longer exists). it was built of native stone and brick kilned locally. It contained 125 rooms, no closets and few bathrooms.Garden City, KS Historic Hotels
Few communities of Garden City's size can boast two regulation golf courses within a couple of miles of town. While the country club course is one of the best around, this municipal course is also considered to be among the top facilities. In it'Garden City, KS Golf Courses