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Goodland was established in August 1887 by the Sherman County Development Company. In late August, the towns of Sherman Center, Eustis and Volaire, as well as the Town Company of Goodland each put forth a bid for the county seat with Goodland being the winner of the votes. Even though Goodland has won the right to build the courthouse, Eustis, being the temporary county seat, had begun constructing a courthouse. In November 1887, the county seat spot was up to a vote between Goodland, Eustis and Voltaire. Goodland won the county seat with 872 of the 1495 votes cast. But due to injunctions that were filed which prevented the county commissioners from canvassing the vote, Goodland did not immediately become the county seat. Between November 1887 and January 1888, the town of Eustis and the town company of Goodland were embroiled in court cases and commissioners' meetings. Finally on January 13, 1888, the county seat fight came to a climax when the Homesteaders Union Association from Goodland marched to Eustis to obtain possession of the county records. The county newspapers put out inflammatory news accounts of the rivalry which prompted Governor Martin to send Major General Adam Dixon and Captain Frank McGrath of the Kansas National Guard to Sherman County. By May 10, 1888, Eustis' efforts to become the county seat were exhausted, thus ending a bitter fight.
The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railroad received a charter from the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in 1888 to lay tracks through Sherman County. Goodland was along the rail line and soon became a major trading center. The railroad built a round house, power house, shops and the largest stockyards between Topeka and Denver.
The ethnicity of its settlers is not known.
"They Came to Stay". Sherman County Historical Society, 1980."Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc.". Standard Pub. Co. Chicago, 1912.
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