High Plains Museum

We are the people of Western Kansas, descendants of the Native American, the soldier, homesteader, the farmer, the railroader, the teacher, and the entrepreneur. Our stories, beginning over 100 years ago, continue and are presented and preserved through the efforts of the High Plains Museum.

The High Plains Museum displays and protects Sherman County History.  We have two galleries and a one room schoolhouse that make up our museum. The front gallery is for temporary and traveling exhibits. One popular exhibit is “Creating Spaces, Making Places” which explores Sherman County architecture and features Imagination Playground – life sized tinker toys that visitors of all ages can construct whatever their imaginations create! Past exhibits include “Quilting Goodland” – a quilt exhibit, “The Dust Bowl and Sherman County” – an exhibit about the Dust Bowl and agriculture during that time, and “Covering Goodland” – a textile exhibit.

The second gallery is our permanent gallery space. Since agriculture is the cornerstone of Sherman County we have several agricultural related equipment pieces, including a 1928 corn picker. We also tell the stories of several individuals who helped make Goodland and Sherman County the places we live today. Six dioramas depict the earliest recorded history of our county to what it looks like today, with fun and interesting stories about how Sherman County became Sherman County.  Our claim to fame and the reason people know us is “America’s First Patented Helicopter” which was invented here in Goodland in the early 1900’s and patented in 1910. It was invented by two Rock Island Railroad mechanics and we house a replica as most of the original could not be saved.

The High Plains Museum is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. Tours are available upon request and guests are welcome to look at their own leisure, which is anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour (depending on how much you like to read).

1717 Cherry Ave.
Goodland, KS 67735 

785-890-4595 (Main)


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Carnegie Arts Center

Located at 120 West 12th, the Carnegie Arts Center is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or find the perfect gift you have been looking for. The mission of the Goodland Arts council is to provide an opportunity for the citizens of Goodland, Sherman County and the tri-state area to experience arts in all forms. For more info go to

Ennis-Handy House

Located at 202 West 13th, the Ennis-Handy House is an excellent example of a type of Victorian architecture usually called the Queen Anne style. Built during a time of early prosperity in 1907 by the widow of William Ennis, this two story house with covered porches has been an important part of Sherman County history for almost a century.

This elegant home stands on a brick foundation nearly three feet above the level of the grounds with capacious steps approaching the verandas and entrances. Under one half of the structure there is a brick basement for furnace and wash room. The house has a porch light, electric lights in halls and rooms and is supplied with hot water radiators throughout, over and above an elegant fi replace and mantel in the parlor. All chamber rooms have closets, and the upper story has a large bath room, lavatory and closet.
The woodwork is finished in oak, filled and varnished. The hall entrance is roomy with a settee in a niche. Two flights of steps transverse to each other, with capacious landings leading to the upper story. This hall and stairway is finished in oak with Corinthian columns, railings and banisters.