Sunday, December 21, 2014


What is now Sherman County, named after General William T. Sherman, was, in its earliest history, a part of the great grazing pasture of the huge herds of American Bison, there is no evidence of Indian Settlement before white men came to settle. Ft. Wallace, an army outpost built in the late 1800's for the protection or railroad builders and settlers against the "hostiles" is located south of Sherman County. It was the center of many battles. The buildings were constantly under repair or reconstruction because of the Indian attacks. One such battle in the northeast corner of Sherman County, is the first recorded even in the history of the county. It is known as the Kidder Massacre. The early settlers in Sherman County in 1885-1886 started towns in or near the center of the county. Each of these small towns vied for the title of county seat, and now and then a 'war' developed. The coming of the Rock Island Railroad across the center of the county had much to do with the end of the 'county seat war'.


Sherman County has a kaleidoscope of color with the changing of the seasons...The white mantle of winter, spring showers bring the young green grass to the prairie, the yucca plants flower...The green wheat turns to gold in late June, and the acres of sunflowers begin their fabulous journey from dark green buds to bursts of true sunshine on the ground in late July and early August...Autumn brings changing and falling leaves, while deer and other wild life begin their winter routines...and throughout the year, the panoramic vistas offer incomparable sunrises and sunsets...We are serene, we are exciting...We are waiting for YOU! There is plenty to see and enjoy in and around Sherman County. Fish and picnic at Smoky Gardens recreation site south of Goodland. Swim in Goodland's public swimming pool. Play tennis, horseshoes or jsut relax in one of our five city parks. Enjoy a round of gold at our 18-hold golf course. The Goodland Activities Center welcomes travelers to its state-of-the art fitness facilities. Dine in any local restaurant and enjoy food served for all appetities. Our motels and campgrounds are modern and accommodating. Other attractions include The Carnegie Arts Center, the Puppet Factory, and the National Weather Service tour. Driving to Goodland on I-70, you can't miss its newest attraction - The Van Gogh Sunflower Project, This 24x32 foot painting is displayed on an 80-foot high easel. Goodland is the place to see...and enjoy. We are the center of the tri-state area - an ideal location to host conventions, sports events, and reunions. We are also with easy driving distance of the Colorado mountains and Ozark attractions. Goodland has it all!

For more information, contact the Sherman County Convention & Visitors Bureau at
785-890-3515 or 1-888-824-4222