GOODLAND, Kan. (KSNW) — The KSN Summer Road Trip is ready to spend some time in Goodland. The KSN News team arrived Tuesday afternoon and stay until about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Our first stop is at 12th and Main in downtown Goodland around 4:15 CDT/3:15 MDT on Tuesday. Join us as we celebrate what’s good in Goodland and as we go live on KSN News at 5 and 6.

If you cannot make it on Tuesday evening, then join us Wednesday morning around 6 a.m. We’ll broadcast our morning news live from Good Grounds, 2402 Commerce Road.

From the town’s website, it appears Goodland got its start because, in 1886, people could not agree on which town should be the county seat of Sherman County. The towns that wanted the honor were Itasca, Voltaire, Sherman Center and Eustis. In 1887, someone suggested creating a new town and making it the county seat. The town was named Goodland after Goodland, Indiana.

The people voted on which town should be the county seat, and Goodland got 58% of the vote. Eustis got about 41%. An armed group from Goodland had to seize county records from Eustis after Eustis refused to hand them over. Sherman County calls itself the Topside of Kansas.

Goodland grew along with railroad traffic. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2020, the town had a population of 4,465 with a median household income of $56,024. Most workers are employed in education, health care, or other professional fields.

One of the most notable attractions in Goodland is the Giant Easel. It holds a reproduction of Vincent van Gogh’s sunflower painting. The painting is 24 by 32 feet and sits on an 80-foot easel. People passing by on I-70 can see the artwork from the highway.

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