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Sherman County, Kansas


Sunflower Capital of the Sunflower State

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Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of Goodland is approximately 4,276 (2009), 4489 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,410 (2000), 1985 (2010).
The amount of land area in Goodland is 11.4 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Goodland is 4.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.00 sq kilometers.
The distance from Goodland to Washington DC is 1401 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is 341 miles. (as the crow flies)
Goodland is positioned 39.34 degrees north of the equator and 101.70 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Goodland elevation is 3,681 feet above sea level.
Goodland per capita income is $ 21,255 (2008).
Goodland median income is $ 37,047 (2008).
The Goodland median home price is $ 93,789 (2008).
Goodland average annual precipitation is 19.75 inches peryear.
Goodland average annual snowfall is 41.9 inches per year.
Goodland average temperature is 51 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 37 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 64 degrees F.


in northwest Kansas. It is just 17 miles from the Colorado border. Other nearby communities include: Kanorado, Brewster, Bird City, St Francis, Burlington, Wallace, Sharon Springs and Winona.
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seasonal with hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters.
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History & History Related Items

Goodland was incorporated on 5 September 1887. The Rock Island Railroad was a great aid to the city's growth when it came through and Goodland was made a division point. In 1886, there were four towns vieing to become the county seat for Sherman County. . The towns were Itasca, Voltaire, Sherman Center and Eustis. In 1887, a man came to the area proposing to create a new town for the county seat to settle the dispute. He named the new town Goodland. When a vote was held, Goodland was the winner. The people of Eustis protested that the vote was not fair, but the state department, in charge of elections, refused to intervene. The Kansas Supreme Court considered the case, but did not change the voting results. Eustis still did not agree and held on to the county records until early in 1888 when an armed group seized them and took them back to Goodland.
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Goodland is known as the Sunflower Capital of the Sunflower State. It is one of the marketing centers for sunflowers in the country. There is a giant Vincent van Gogh painting on an 80 foot easel here in Goodland. It is part of the Big Easel project. The painting was erected on 17 August 2001.

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The High Plains Museum
1717 Cherry Avenue
Goodland, KS
Phone: 785-890-4595
The museum features a full-sized, automated replica of America's first patented helicopter. The original helicopter was built by two men, W.J. Purvis and C. A. Wilson, both from Goodland, in 1909. Other historical exhibits, such as major events, dioramas and more may be seen at the museum.

A guide to Goodland, Kansas.
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Economy & Industry

Goodland has become the retail trade center for the general area. It has also become the largest producer of commercial sunflowers on the prairie. This production of sunflowers and their related products has greatly enhanced the local economy.

Sherman County Economic Development
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Goodland City Government

City of Goodland
Goodland has a Commission-City Manager form of government. The commission has five members who are all elected at-large. One of the commission members is appointed the Mayor, though the mayor position gives no more authority than any other commissioner. The City Manager is hired by the city commission. Goodland is the county seat of Sherman County.

Goodland Historical Events

1867, July 2
The Kidder Massacre
2nd Lieutenant LYman S. Kidder, of the 2nd US Cavalry Regiment, was in command of a small group carrying dispatches for General George Custer. General Custer later saw signs of a skirmish along Beaver Creek and, after looking around, found the remains of 12 people, all of the regiment. The Cheyenne or Sioux Indians in the area were accused of the murders.

Goodland Chamber

Goodland Area Chamber of Commerce
104 E. 10th Street
Goodland, KS 67735
Phone: 785-899-7130

Goodland Organizations

Goodland Area Chamber of Commerce
104 E. 10th Street
Goodland, KS 67735
Phone: 785-899-7130

Goodland Libraries

Goodland Public Library
812 Broadway
Goodland, KS 67735
Phone: 785-899-5461

Goodland Schools

USD 352
1312 Main
Goodland, KS 67735
Phone: 785-890-2397

Northwest Kansas Technical College
1209 Harrison
Goodland, KS
Phone: 785-899-3641 Goodland


The population of Goodland was:
1890 - 1,027
1900 - 1,059
1910 - 1,993
1920 - 2,664
1930 - 3,626
1940 - 3,306
1950 - 4,690
1960 - 4,459
1970 - 5,510
1980 - 5,708
1990 - 4,983
2000 - 4,948
2008 - 4,388
2009 - 4,276

Population density:
2000 - 1,127 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 36.6 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 2,360
2000 - 2,410

Median household income:
2000 - $ 31,356
2008 - $ 37,047

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 17,105
2008 - $ 21,255

Median house value:
2000 - $ 61,200
2008 - $ 93,789

Goodland is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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