Garden City, Kansas
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Garden City is a, well, city, located in the southwestern 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 Garden City, Kansas itself, however, it was founded in February of 1878 by James R. Fulton, William D. Fulton, and L.W. Fulton.
Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, Garden City, Kansas has a total population of 26,747 people. Interestingly, Garden City, Kansas also serves as the county seat for Finney County, Kansas. According to that same 2016 estimate, Finney County, Kansas has a total population of 36,722 people. Garden City, Kansas is also the largest city in Finney County, Kansas.
As its name might suggest, the economy of Garden City, Kansas is dominated by the agricultural industry. The city is dotted by several prominent feed lots and grain elevators. Garden City, Kansas is also home to an ethanol plant known as Bonanza Bioenergy. Bonanza Bioenergy was built by Conestoga Energy Partners in 2007. This ethanol plant uses 19.6 million bushels of grain annually.
As for Garden City, Kansas’s top employers, according to the city’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Tyson Foods takes the top of the list, employing 2,200 locals. Coming in a far second is Unified School District 457, which provides 1,200 jobs to the region. An even further third, Cheyenne Drilling just employs 638 people.
Elsewhere around Garden City, Kansas is Garden City Community College. Established in 1919, Garden City Community College is a fully accredited educational institution by way of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, GCCC’s Nursing Program is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). 2,122 students are enrolled into GCCC’s various programs.
Garden City, Kansas isn’t all about industry and education, however. The city is also home to The Windsor Hotel, which was built by John A. Stevens in 1887. It was once known as the ‘Waldorf of the Prairies.” It closed in 1977 and is now owned by the Finney County Preservation Alliance.
Garden City, Kansas also houses “The World’s Largest Outdoor Municipal Concrete Swimming Pool.” This pool is larger than a 100-yard football field and holds 2.2 million gallons of water. It is part of the Lee Richardson Zoological Park, which also happens to be the largest zoological park in Kansas. Boasting 110 species of animals (many of these are non-native to southwest Kansas) spread out over its 47 acres, Lee Richardson Zoological Park is accredited by the AZA and sees 200,000 visitors annually.
As for sports, Garden City, Kansas is home to one professional franchise of note. Baseball’s Pecos League’s Garden City Wind play their home games at Clint Lightner Field. The Garden City Wind have been in operation since 2015. The Pecos League is independent and therefore unaffiliated with either Major or Minor League Baseball.
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