The Haskell County Courthouse is not at all what I expected to find in a small town on the high dry plains of southwestern Kansas. It is a modern style building in the center of town, surrounded by a large green lawn and almost hidden by shade trees. Contrast this to the nearby Santana golf course which is absolutely treeless. This is the high dry plains. The valley of the Cimarron River cuts across the southwestern corner of the county, and the river is usually dry.
US Highway 56 and tracks of the Cimarron Valley railroad (once part of the Santa Fe) run side-by-side across the county from east to west. US 83 makes a line, straight as an arrow, north and south. US 160 connects highway 56 with Ulysses and Grant County to the west.