Interstate 70

Interstate 70: The final stretch

Riding the concrete ribbon Interstate 70 through Sherman County was the final Kansas piece of I-70. The first section of I-70 in Kansas opened west of Topeka Nov. 14, 1956. The highway didn’t reach Goodland until June 1970. At the time, the 424-mile stretch of I-70 in Kansas was the longest continuous segment of Interstate…

Exit 19 Goodland sign

Goodland, not Fairyland

Escape from Fairyland Some say that a Rock Island Railroad official named Goodland, Kan., for Goodland, Ind., his home town. But that is highly unlikely. Goodland was already a town before the Rock Island came. The story most commonly accepted as authentic is much more intriguing. That story involves secret meetings and an alternate name…

History of the Opera House mural

Opera House mural turns back time

Relive 90 years of opera house history at 1002 Main Who says you can’t turn back time? At “History of the Opera House” mural, time rewinds. The mural tells the story of Goodland’s Grand Opera House and its tenants. Stroll through 90 years of history. The east end starts with Hodgkinson’s Merchantile from 1906 and…

National Geodetic Survey benchmark

Highest county seat in Kansas

The highest county seat   National Geodetic Survey benchmarks are scattered throughout Goodland and Sherman County. Goodland’s highest elevation stands 3,695 feet. That altitude makes Goodland the highest county seat in Kansas. The highest marker was installed between the railroad and 19th Street, aligned with the alley between Sherman and Center Streets. Many explorers search…

Family enjoying Smoky Gardens

Escape to Smoky Gardens

Are you seeking a getaway from the pressures of daily life? Then drive a few miles southwest of Goodland to Smoky Gardens and Sherman Wildlife Area. Smoky Gardens offers a place to picnic, camp and fish. Fishing creel and length limits are posted on the restroom building. The lake is stocked with trout when it…