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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

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

Sod House

The sod house shows the ingenuity of the homesteaders. The late 19th century dwelling exhibits furniture, clothing and other artifacts of pioneer life on the prairie. Volunteers constructed the sod house in 1984. Sod blocks, 1 foot by 2 feet by 4

Colby, KS Pioneer History

"Spirit of the Prairie" Sculpture

This representation of the steadfast spirit of the early pioneers that led the way into the frontier stands in front of the Thomas County Courthouse. Artist - Charles Norton, 1985, from Leoti, Kansas

Colby, KS Arts

Northwest Kansas Research Extension Center

The Northwest Kansas Research Center is a photo opportunity with its rich array of trees and flowers all identified for visitors who are always welcome.

Colby, KS Education Centers

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

Things to do near Colby, KS

Prairie Dog Golf Club

The Prairie Dog Golf Club welcomes all golfers who would like a challenging round of golf on a well-manicured course. The cou...

Last Indian Raid Memorial Marker

In September of 1878, The Last Indian Raid on Kansas soil occurred, with the Northern Cheyenne Indians. In 1911, a memorial w...