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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
600 AM MDT Wed Mar 21 2018


In 1916, one of the worst prairie fires in Sherman County history
swept to the edge of Goodland after blackening miles of pasture
land. The fire began 18 miles northwest of Goodland. North winds
which gusted to 50 mph pushed to fire to city limits of Goodland.
Almost every man in Goodland, numbering about 500, fought the fire.
Women in town used garden hoses to soak their houses. Tens of
thousands of acres of grass, farm structures and equipment, and
telephone poles were destroyed before the fire was extinguished.

In 1935, a dust storm continued over western Kansas, especially
over Greeley County. Two young brothers, who had gone to retrieve
some cattle, became lost during the dust storm. They drifted with the
cattle for a time, and then rested beside a fence. The boys spent
over six hours in the dust storm before their father found them
around 11:30 PM that night. The older boy protected his younger
brother by using his body as a shield. Both boys survived, but were
covered in dust and dirt.

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