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Tag: Railroad


Imagine you are in the year 1876 and you were traveling on the railroad out west.  How would you know what time trains arrive and depart from stations or find a map of the area you are traveling through?  These questions are answered in the railroads timetable!  Timetables are the booklet that the schedule of the arrivals Read more…


Have you ever sat for too long and when you get up you’re stiff?  Ever thought “if only I had some oil to lubricate my joints?” like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz?  Of course you’d need an oil can to apply directly to the troublesome spot.  A long spout oil can might be just Read more…


The Rock Island Railroad had a key role in developing the city of Goodland.  It supplied jobs that brought people here and boosted the local economy.  The citizens of Goodland waited for a long time to see the railroad come into existence, and they took great pride in it once it did. The first train to come Read more…


This Sunday the Historical Society is dedicating a stained glass window to Ruth and Selby Soward.   It will hang in the Ennis-Handy House at 202 West 13th Street here in Goodland.  To help celebrate this event let’s take a look at a brief history of stained glass windows and some other stained glass windows in Goodland.


Here at the High Plains Museum we have the exhibit of Goodland Treasurers up.  This exhibit shows some of the treasurers of Goodland as well as explaining why Goodland is special.  One of Goodland’s treasures would be the railroad.  The railroad started the serve Goodland in 1888 and continues to serve Goodland today. 


In the library facing 8th Street is a beautiful stained glass window.  The window is of a train and is entitled Old ‘Engine 99.’  The train is representative of a railroad that used to come through Goodland.  That railroad was the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railway and it brought the first train into Goodland on July 3rd Read more…