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About GreensburgThe speed and dependability with which he drove the stagecoach between Wichita and Dodge City during the 1880s earned D.R. Green his nickname, “Cannonball.” Legend has it that while riding as passenger, temperance reformer Carry Nation reached out of the coach, snatched Cannonball's cigar and hurled it onto the road. He drew rein, silently lifted the astounded lady to the roadway and left her to trudge the many remaining miles to town.

Despite Green's prowess, the day came when the Rock Island Railroad won the race against the Santa Fe Railroad, becoming the first rail line through present-day Greensburg and eliminating the need for stagecoach travel.

After a tornado leveled most of downtown Greensburg on May 4, 2007, the community made a decision to rebuild and reinvent the town as a national model for sustainable living, utilizing only green building techniques and materials. A cellphone audio tour highlights the town's history and reconstruction; phone (620) 805-3219.

The 5.4.7 Arts Center, 204 Wisconsin Ave., became the first building in Kansas to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status. The center presents exhibits and educational programs; phone (620) 723-2600.

Visitor Centers Kiowa County Chamber of Commerce 101 S. Main St. Suite 103 Greensburg, KS 67054. Phone:(620)723-3188

Things to Do The Big Well Museum & Visitors Center

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Greensburg, KS

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515 W Kansas Ave. Greensburg, KS 67054

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