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    by basstbn Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    On the grounds of the Sherman County Court House in Goodland, Kansas, sits my favorite Kansas statue, 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 (non-distinctive) blond-brick courthouse was built 1931.

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    automated replica of the first patented helicopter

    by christerw Written Jul 19, 2007

    Nice little museum for whem you have an hour left.
    The museum's headline attraction is a full sized, automated replica of the first patented helicopter in the United States.

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    We drove many miles over dirt and gravel roads to this site to find nothing but the silhouette of one infantryman pointing his gun at one mounted Indian. I thought it sufficiently ironic to photograph this site with a No Hunting sign in the foreground. Later we learned that many historians don't believe this to be the site of the battle at all. Sigh.

    In 1867 Lt. Lyman Kidder's ten-man patrol encountered Cheyenne Indians. His party's remains were later found by George Custer and members of his 7th Calvary.

    The locals still call this the Kidder Massacre site; but to be honest, it was the site of a battle between two groups of armed men in which the Cheyennes were victorious, not a massacre in which a group of "savages" attacked a group of unarmed civilians.

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    by yooperprof Written Sep 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Goodland calls itself "the Sunflower Capital of Kansas." It's a good slogan, and there are a lot of opportunities for developing the theme. (Otherwise, Goodland is probably best known as the last Kansas town on I-70 before you cross into Colorado.)

    A schoolteacher here conceived the idea of installing a large easel and giant "canvas" with Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" resting on it. It's not particularly visable from the highway, though, unless you're looking for it. And right now there aren't any real tourist facilities associated with the Van Gogh, just a parking lot close to a Pizza Hut. It might make a great place for a "Museum of Sunflowers," or even a hall with exhibits displaying some of the things that you can do with sunflowers.

    Just an idea. . .

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