High Plains Museum

May 4, 2010

The High Plains Museum in Goodland, Kansas, is home to 8,000+ unique items to Goodland and Sherman County. Among these items are also dioramas of the Dust Bowl, Sod Houses, and many other artifacts. Also included in this distinct collection are audiotapes that tell the story behind each permanent exhibit.

Another one-of-a-kind item included in the museum is America’s First Patented Helicopter. The Goodland Aviation Company adopted this patent after persuading stockholders to buy shares. The machine’s first attempted flight was in 1910 and only lasted a mere ten-seconds. The helicopter never flew again. After failure, the two inventors Purvis and William fled town. Not only unique to Kansas, but also to America, this museum will catch the interest of anyone!

Van Gough Sunflower Painting

May 4, 2010

The project began in 1996. Cameron Cross, a teacher of Altona, Canada, decided to paint large replicas of Vincent Van Gough’s seven sunflower paintings. His goal was to have one on each continent. The third one of the paintings was to be placed in Goodland. For Goodland, Cross decided on a large hand painting that Vincent Van Gough made. The painting is a version of “3 Sunflowers In A Vase”, one of the seven sunflower paintings that Van Gough made back in the late 1880’s. It is resting on an enormous easel, which has become a landmark for the city. After it was all finished it was 80 ft tall. The supports were sunk 35 ft into the ground. The painting and the easel were erected in June of 2001.  It is now the world’s largest easel located along a US Interstate at West 16th Street in Goodland, Kansas.

National Weather Service

May 4, 2010

Goodland’s National Weather Service is one of five in Kansas. It uses forecast predications with Doppler radar. It also offers five-day weather forecasts. National Weather Service offers enhanced radar images ranging from 39.361 degrees. The National Weather Service in Goodland is the smallest one out of the five in Kansas.

The directions to the National Weather Service are: north on Caldwell Street to Armory Road and then east ½ of a mile. They are open 8 a.m to 5 p.m during the week. The approximate time it takes to tour the National Weather Service is 1 hour and 30 minutes. No admission is charged . The Goodland Forecast includes 19 counties of Northwest Kansas, Southwestern Nebraska, and Northeastern Colorado.

Welcome to Goodland!

May 3, 2010

A man from the state of Indiana named Goodland because of the Good Land. Goodland was established as a city in 1887. The population of Goodland is 4,500 people.  The main economy of Goodland is based upon agriculture—cattle, wheat, corn, sunflowers, and soy beans.

The tall white concrete towers in the background are grain elevators. At the Goodland grain elevators the grain will go into one side of the elevator to be stored.  Then it is loaded into train cars so they can carry the grain to be sold.  Some of the grain is shipped to other countries.  The grains stored in the elevator include: wheat, corn, milo maize, barley, sunflower seeds, millet, and oats.

Steever Water Park and Tennis Courts

May 3, 2010

The Goodland public swimming pool is called Steever Water Park.  There are two water slides, a wading pool, and a large main pool with a diving board.  During breaks you can buy snacks.  Steever Water Park, also, offers swimming lessons.  Swimming is a fun thing to do in the summer.

In Goodland, there are four sets of tennis courts.  Because of the weather we can’t play tennis all year long.  We can usually play between about April and October.  Tennis is always an enjoyable sport for many people.

Sugar Hills Golf Course

May 3, 2010

The Sugar Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course, the only one between Denver and Hays. Leo Schisler established the course.  The Golf Course is a private one. The number is 785-890-2785 and the address is 6450 Rd.16. The Golf Course has a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse, dining room, golf carts, and other amenities. There are many different memberships you can get: Family Membership, Single Membership, Out of Area Membership, Student Membership, College Membership, Social Membership, and Corporate Membership. There are many tournaments at Sugar Hills Golf Course. Two of the biggest ones are Sweet Swinger and the Slice of Life.

Grant Junior High School

April 29, 2010

Grant Jr. High was built in 1926 and named after Beulah L. Grant.  Grant Jr. High only has two grades 7th and 8th for now. Next year 6th grade will join us. Our classes include English, social studies, science, math, art, yearbook class, and PE. Students have to pay a fee for some class supplies. The money must be paid at the office. The activities carried on through the TA (Teacher Advisory) program include: Silent sustained reading, candy sales fundraiser, and behavior support. We are trying to stop the bullying in the school because we know it can be emotional, physical, sexual, verbal, cyber, or mobile phone. Our principal, Mr. Raymer, will not except bullying.

The mascot for Grant Junior High is the mustangs.  We have the following sports: basketball, football, track, wrestling, volleyball, cross country, and cheerleading.

Cell phones in Grant Jr. High are a big part of life. Students are allowed to use cell phones only before school and after school. But if a student needs to use a phone, they can use the one in the office. If a student gets in trouble because they have a cell phone, the phone gets taken away and the teacher will escort the student down to the office. The dress code is to wear appropriate clothes to school. Bare midriffs, see-through clothes, halter tops, low-cut shirts, and unhemmed cut-offs are not acceptable. The body must be covered to insure modesty. If students wear that kind of clothing, they will be asked to change into appropriate clothes.

Northwest Kansas Technical College

April 29, 2010

The Northwest Kansas Technical College was established in1964. The college is ranked as one of the top in the nation. The school has a variety of classes during the day, online, and in the evening. Some of these classes include: farm and diesel mechanics, carpentry, automotive, cosmetology, electronics, and technology communication. School starts 7:00 in the morning and ends at 2:00 in the afternoon. You get a ribbon for student of the month. The school has dormitories for the students to live in. The school has different kinds of sports that the students can do in their free time such as golf, wrestling, and rodeo. The school is located near the Max Jones Field House. The school is five blocks away from the swimming pool.  The flags in front of the school are the US flag and the Kansas flag.

Goodland Public Library

April 29, 2010

At the Goodland Public Library you can look at books, check out books, and use the computers they have. You can also have the library order books for you to check out. The Goodland Public Library has a Movie Night in the summer. During the Movie Night the librarians will show a movie from a projector on the wall of a building called the V.F.W, which is a building on our Main Street. You can also bring your own snacks from home! The Public Library also has a summer reading program. There are at least 39,000 volumes of  books at the library.  There is also a story hour for little kiddies.  If you ever come to Goodland, Kansas be sure to stop by the Public Library at 812 Broadway.

Fairgrounds

April 29, 2010

The Northwest Kansas District Free Fair is held each summer. It includes amusement rides, games, and  4-H exhibits. There are contests for 4-H livestock that includes cows, sheep, pigs, horses, rabbits, and chickens.  Other exhibits include photography, vegetables, flower arrangements, clothing construction, Lego design, and woodshop. In the grandstands at night there are events such as Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, and Professional Bull Riding. The 4-H building is used for community activities.

The races at the fairgrounds include such cars as Hobby Stock, Bombers, and the Modified. The fair is the first full week of August. The fair attracts people from many surrounding states and counties. The fair has 7 rides, which are The Bullet, Swings, Tilt-a-whirl, Sizzler, Round Up, Farris Wheel and the Octopus. There are 9 games and 5 kids rides.