"Most See Goodland from the Interstate"
For most travelers, Goodland is merely a stop on Interstate 70 for food, fuel, or a night's rest - short break on the drive from Kansas City to Denver, or vice versa.
However, this small town is home to some wonderful people who love living far from the crowds of the city.
If you have seen this mammoth reproduction of van Gogh's sunflower painting along the interstate, you should know that the easel and picture were a project of my sister-in-law's fifth grade students. Neat, uh?
"They Came to Stay"
On the grounds of the Sherman County Court House in Goodland, Kansas, sits this mixed metal sculpture by Greg Todd, dedicated in 1987. It pays tribute to the grit and spirit of the hardy pioneer families that settled the high plains, enduring harsh conditions to work the land. Sadly, generations later, their descendants would be forced to abandon many of these same farms and ranches due to the harsh economic conditions of a new era.
The county is named after General William "War Is Hell" Tecumseh Sherman, noted leader of Union forces in the War of the Rebellion (Civil War).