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They Came to Stay

Address: Eighth and Broadway
Goodland, KS 67735

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They Came to Stay alongside Sherman County CourthouseSherman County homesteaders braved a treeless landscape scoured by pitiless winds. No lumber or stone was easily obtainable, so they lived in the land they had come to farm. Some dug holes in the earth and lived in dugouts. Some cut bricks from sod and built their houses of dirt and grass. 
They Came to Stay silhouetteThey faced merciless sun and terrible storms. They faced harsh, brutal winters. They faced drought, isolation and financial reverses. Some turned tail and quit. But some persevered. They came to stay.
A mixed-metal statue by Goodland native Greg Todd portrays the grit that successful homesteaders had to have in order to triumph against High Plains obstacles. They Came to Stay stands on the northwest corner of the Sherman County Courthouse grounds in tribute to the pioneer spirit that established Goodland and Sherman County. Statue was dedicated in 1987 to commemorate Sherman County's Centennial. Statue and base cost $35,000.
The adjacent Sherman County Courthouse is an Art Deco treasure. Central School Bell and a benchmark are near the Broadway Avenue entrance. Make sure to see the second floor courtroom. The mysterious Kansas Room painting and the rescued stained glass window are in the library across the street. The sculpture More Than Words stands outside the library's front door.

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Donna Price
925 Main
Goodland, KS 67735
Phone: 785.890.3515
Fax: 785.890.6980
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