Tribune, the county seat of Greeley County, is named after the leading newspaper of its time, the New York Tribune.  The county and a town both carry the name of the publisher, Horace Greeley.   Though Greeley never came out to western Kansas, fans of his named many towns, streets, and counties for him.  (Amy Bickel tells more of the story).



Mired in a drought, there is still much that is vibrant in this county that has the smallest population in Kansas (1,247 in 2010).  On the other hand, they can brag that they are one of only four counties to grow more than 3% in the last year. 

Volunteerism is one thing that drives the vibrancy.  Another is the dedication of the professionals in the community.



The Gooch family has kept the doors open to the local grocery store despite tough conditions for rural markets.  The store is a community anchor.



Dixon Drug is another mainstay.  From pharmaceuticals to shovels, this business is more like an old-time general store -- and the service is great!



Dan and Jan Epp run a successful, informative, fun-to-read independently-owned newspaper, the Greeley County Republican.  Dan's dad, Otto, ran the paper from 1933-1994.  Another anchor.



The Trench, the Burger Bar, and Elliott's Gastro Pub are three places to eat in town.  Elliott's has a commitment to serve farm-to-table made-from-scratch foods, including the very popular chocolate chip cookie lathered with homemade ice cream.




At the county fairgrounds you'll find the skeleton of a home-owned carnival.  Come fair time (first week of August), the seats come out of the shed and the gears all get oiled as volunteers make it all come to life.



It's a lucky small town that has a movie theater and thanks to volunteers who run the ticket window, the concession stand, and are the clean-up crew, Tribune is one of those towns.  The Star Theater runs digital movies and the sound system is outstanding.



They have a bowling alley, too!  A non-profit group runs the six-lane Tribune Fun Bowl.



The Prairie Ridge Golf Course is a 9-hole bent grass ($15 greens fee) course run by volunteers.  A barbed wire fence separates the park area and the golf course. 




A county since 1873, there is plenty of history to be told.  From the historic jail to a big marble collection to empty cereal boxes and old band uniforms, volunteers have arranged diverse artifacts along with lining the main hallway with photos in this old 1890 limestone courthouse.

Tribune also has lots of explorer-type attractions from the array of elevators, including a GANO, to the following:








These are the remains of the Greeley County Poor Farm.  Unlike most poor farms, these were smaller units made of adobe brick and stucco.  The poor farm remnants are located one mile east of town on K-96, then  south on 17 Road one mile.  Look on the west side of the road and watch out for snakes!

A black disc marks the remote and rugged GAR Cemetery.  A few Civil War graves,  "unknown" graves, and the feature stone that tells the story of the Rodgers brothers are found scattered throughout the cemetery amidst the brush and badger holes.




The Rodger brothers were lost and perished in the blizzard of 1886.  Their father John buried them here alongside their faithful collie.  John Rodgers then deeded the burial ground to the local army G.A.R. post in 1891.

The cemetery is located 11 miles west of Tribune on K-96, then 2.5 miles north on Road 5 and 1/2 mile west on Road O.



For a spot of color stop at what was first-named the Greeley County Community High School.  It's located at Lawrence and Peters.


Built in 1931, the art deco colors of lavender, orange, green, and blue added a beautiful touch to the brick building.

What a great place to experience small town life in western Kansas.  You've got lodging, movies, golf, bowling, dare-to-do-dirt attractions, a museum, shopping, and eating.  It's all good in Greeley County!


See you down the road, Kansas Explorer #2, Marci Penner