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Homesteading in Kiowa County


Founded on a section meant for a school, Greensburg was laid out by the Greensburg Town Company in either 1884 or 1885. A town site two miles to the west, Janesville, had been laid out by Jacob Barney in 1884. "Cannonball" Green, a member of the Greensburg Town Company, told the citizens of Janesville that if they moved to Greensburg they could get the title to their land a year earlier. Janesville ceased to exist and Greensburg organized its town site on June 18, 1886. It was named for a pioneer stage coach driver "Cannonball" Green.

The Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad constructed a track to Greensburg in 1887.

90% to 95% of the town of Greensburg was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. The residents are rebuilding the town and have made much progress using the new "Green" materials. 

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


"A History of Kiowa County 1880-1980: A Chronicle of Kiowa County written by Kith, Kin and Kind Friends". Lubbock, TX: Taylor Publishing Co., 1979.


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Monday,April 21 Forsyth will close at 10 pm because of no electricity

Spring Hours:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Phone: 785.628.4434
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   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099