Colby, Kansas

Colby Business Signs

Colby is a city located in the northwestern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Kansas.  Prior to European incursions, this area had been inhabited since as early as 3,000 B.C.  At the time when Europeans first arrived, the Kansa-Osage had become prevalent.  As for Colby, Kansas itself, however, this city was established following the construction of a post office near the center of Thomas County, Kansas in 1882.  J.R. Colby, who was a local Kansas land assessor and preacher obtained a patent to establish a town in April of 1884.  In 1885, the land was acquired, a town charter was issued, and the city of Colby, Kansas was subsequently officially incorporated in 1886.  Predictably, the city was named after its founder.  Following Colby, Kansas’s establishment, the Union Pacific Railroad reached the city in 1887, while the Rock Island Railroad reached the city in 1888.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Colby, Kansas has a total population of 5,419 people.  Colby, Kansas also serves as the county seat of Thomas County, Kansas.  According to that same 2016 report, Thomas County, Kansas has a total population of 7,892 people.  Colby, Kansas is the largest city in Thomas County, Kansas.

Colby Community College is one of the largest employers in the Colby, Kansas area.  This public, two-year community college was established in 1964.  Colby Community College is comprised of 14 distinct locations.  Its athletic teams, the Trojans, participate in NJCAA Division I KJCCC.

Elsewhere around the city of Colby, Kansas is the Thomas County Courthouse.  The Thomas County Courthouse, which was built between 1906 and 1907 in the Richardson Romanesque style by architect James C. Holland, is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Interestingly, the front of this courthouse features a five-story clocktower with a Seth Thomas clock.  Other Colby, Kansas buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Colby Community High School and the art-deco Colby City Hall.  Colby City Hall, which was built in the 1920s by the architecture firm Suite & Blanchard, has served many functions, including (but certainly not limited to) a correctional facility, fire station, library, and meeting hall.

Colby, Kansas isn’t all about its buildings of note, however.  The city also includes features such as Villa High Lake.  Villa High Lake is a city-made reservoir within the larger Villa High Park.  Villa High Park was created back in the 1960s by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.  Villa High Park boasts playground equipment, picnic shelters, disc golf, and fishing.  Fike Park, known formerly as Cap Lake is yet another natural attraction within the city of Colby, Kansas.  Fike Park offers gazebos, a volleyball area, horseshoe pitching pits, and tennis courts.  Colby, Kansas is also home to Pioneer Memorial Library.  Pioneer Memorial Library was named to honor the pioneers who originally built the community of Colby, Kansas.  Finally, Colby, Kansas is also the site for Colby Aquatic Park.  As you can probably already guess, Colby Aquatic Park is filled with a lazy river, a lap pool, water slides, and curly slides.

Any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Colby, Kansas area?  Have you ever considered embarking upon such an exhilarating adventure?  These resources listed below should help you if you decide to take up such a quest:

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