Rural Free Delivery

Rural Free Delivery, the farmers’ lifeline

As America struggled to climb out of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration explored ways to put people to work. One of these programs, The Treasury Section for Painting and Sculpture, employed artists to produce public art, including the mural Rural Free Delivery in the Goodland Post Office, 124 E. 11th Street. Federal building…

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…