Archive for May, 2010

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!

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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.