We welcome you to our fantastic city on the Topside of Kansas!
We have several amenities to offer, including newly remodeled schools, new businesses, a growing Northwest Kansas Technical College and elementary school population, a terrific public water park, a fantastic 18-hole golf course, hunting lodges, historic sites, and a vast array of parks, walking trails, artwork, and attractions. Goodland boasts a small town, rural environment while enjoying the business growth of a larger-sized city. Some of our greatest events are parades down Main Street, the County Fair, Shindig at the Smoky, Flatlander Fall Festival, and Sweet Swinger golf tournament, among other events. We have a friendly community that strongly supports local organizations and investments. We are uniquely positioned geographically close to medium and large metropolitan communities. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy along with many supporting businesses. The Kyle Railroad and I-70 allow us to have a transportation advantage in today’s competitive market. The area is known for warm sunny days and cool nights, which creates the perfect backdrop for work, play, entertainment, and relaxation. Welcome to Goodland, and we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate our community as we do.
The City of Kanorado is the last city you see as you are leaving Kansas and the first city you see as you are leaving Colorado, hence the name KANORADO. It is the second-largest city in Sherman County. The land for the railroad was deeded on May 17, 1888. When the railroad came through in 1888 and the lots for Kanorado were deeded on July 5, 1888. The town was originally called “Lamborn”, the name was changed by the Post Office to “Kanorado” on September 9, 1903. The first grain elevator was operated by Charlie Rule and ran with a treadmill and horses. The first car in Kanorado was a High Wheeler owned by Mr. and Mrs. Detwiler, with new cars coming to Kanorado an Oil Station was opened by the White Eagle Company in about 1913. Kanorado kept growing until a peak was reached, which some old-timers claimed were 1918-1926. At that time the population was over 500 people. During the peak years, there were two hotels, three grocery, and dry goods stores, five oil companies, two hardware stores, two barbershops, several cafes, one bank, two pool halls, two blacksmith shops, two lumber yards, a telephone exchange, three garages, a campground with cottages, several cream stations, a drug store and doctor, a beauty shop and a dance hall.
Edson was the last town to have been stated in Sherman County, located just 8 miles east of Goodland. Some of the first settlers of the community were Mrs. Mary Brown, John Austin, John Atkinson, Mr. Holbrook, Casper Kipps, JoeMcKinney, and serval others.
It was originally a rail town and operated on the mainline of the Chicago, Kansas, and Nebraska Railway. Today Edson is served by the Kyle Railroad. The plot for the town of Edson was filed in Sherman County on August 10th, 1888, by Albert and Laura Harris. The first structure in Edson was the two-story depot, which served as a depot on the first floor and a home to the station agent on the second story. The first grocery store was brought to the area by SteeleYockey and the Post Office was established on September 12th, 1888. The first elevator was built in 1915, by JohnHorney.
Edson’s first school was in School District 71 and served students grades one through nine. It was made of sod and was erected in 1886. After a few years, a new schoolhouse was built in 1923 and consolidated several school districts. In 1930, a brick building was built and in 1963 a gymnasium was added to the structure.