COLBY, Kan. (KSNW) — Our KSN Summer Road Trip crew arrived in Colby by 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 14. We arrived just in time for Fike Park’s Picnic in the Park.
Colby has been dubbed “the Oasis on the Plains.” It is known for its hospitality which is a relief for travelers on I-70.
It was also a hub of activity before it even became a town in the 1880s. Settlers were arriving anded needed supplies. Settler J.R. Colby secured a patent for the town in 1884. The town got its charter in 1885, then a general merchandise store and a newspaper, the Thomas County Cat. That newspaper still exists today but under the name Colby Free Press.
Colby is the county seat of Thomas County. The population of the county is just over 7,700. The main industry is agri-business, with farmers growing wheat, corn, milo and sunflowers.
Things to do in the Colby area:
- Colby Visitor’s Center, I-70 at Exit 53
- Sunflower Festival, Aug. 28
- Cooper Barn, the largest barn in Kansas, also 8th Wonder of Kansas Architecture
- Prairie Museum of Art and History
- Historic Downtown Colby
- Santa City
- Historic Thomas County Courthouse
- Thomas County Speedway
- CCC Rodeo
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