Opera House in Grainfield, Kansas

  Grainfield,
  Kansas

Founded: 1879
Population: 357
ZIP code: 67737
Area Code: 785
Elevation: 2813 feet
Latitude: 39° 6' 49" N
Longitude: 100° 27' 53" W 
School District: USD 292       
Gove County

Grainfield, platted in June of 1879 along the Union Pacific, was in the days of travel by wagon, about a day's trip from Gove, Park, Grinnell, and Orion.

Today, Grainfield is one of the five towns in Gove County that sits quietly near I-70 west of Hays about 65 miles and I-70 east of Colby about 40 miles.  No would guess that this small town of about 300 is home to the once famous Grainfield Opera House.  Built in 1887, the Opera House played an important part in the lives of early Grainfield residents because this building provided the only place where various contests could be held.  Stock companies would come to town by rail to perform in the Opera House.  Entertainers performed there until the 1930's.

Since then, the Opera House has been "home" to various retail businesses-a doctor's office, a harness shop, hardware store, furniture store, print shop, private school, a Ford dealership, tire shop, and a plumbing and electrical business.  The last store closed its doors nearly 30 years ago.  The Opera House stood empty until the owner, Joan Dingworth of Texas, was approached with the idea of renovating the building. She deeded it over to the Grainfield Lions Club. Today, the building hosts performances and is available for bookings. Contact Herb Queen, (785) 673-5585.

As you drive along I-70 west of Hays and east of Colby, look for Grainfield--the Home of the Opera House-currently under renovation.

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Schools   USD 292 - Wheatland   (785) 673-4213
District Office   (785) 673-4213 / I-70 & K-23
P.  O.  Box 165 / Grainfield KS 67737-0165
Wheatland Elementary   (785) 673-4365 / 4th & Elm
Wheatland High School   (785) 673-4223 / I-70 & K-23
Library Grainfield Public Library   (785) 673-4770 / 242 Main / P.  O.  Box 154
Churches St.  Agnes Catholic Church   (785) 673-4625 / Cedar St. 
St.  Agnes Educational Center   (785) 673-5550 / 3rd & Cedar
United Methodist Church   (785) 673-4265 / 3rd & Oak
Recreation   City Park-horse shoes, basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball
Grainfield Ball Diamond - American Legion; K-18; and Pee Wee teams
Clubs &
 Organizations
Grainfield Lions
American Legion   (785) 673-5520 / Main St.
Shopping Harvest Spirits   (785) 673-5501 / 289 Main
Harvest Market   (785) 673-5501 / 289 Main
Dining Main Street Dugout   (785) 673-4810 / 223 Main Street
Banking Citizens State Bank
(785) 673-4221
206 Main Street
Government   City Office   (785) 673-4759 /200 Main
City Shop   (785) 673-4759
Post Office   (785) 673-4686 / 205 Main
Library   (785) 673-4770 / 242 Main
Fire Emergency   (785) 673-5595
Ambulance Emergency   (785) 754-2100
Sheriff Emergency   (785) 938-2250

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