Once a town settled by railroad workers, buffalo hunters, and Civil War Veterans, Grinnell, Kansas became and has remained a thriving rural community. It was named after the Union Veteran Captain Grinnell. History depicts a heated dispute over which side of the railroad tracks the town should have been built on, and the South side eventually won. During the 1890s many settlers were forced to leave the area due to the drought, but because of the picturesque and appealing location, many returned to Grinnell when times were more prosperous. This prosperity continues to grow in Grinnell, Kansas with residential expansion and business progression. Many of the graduates that once graced the halls of Grinnell High School carry with them a long-lasting sense of pride and tradition. A golf course, a walking trail, and the yearly Grinnell After Harvest Festival are all modern attractions. Ever-changing seasons, plentiful harvests, beautiful sunsets, and hometown courtesies are what you can expect in Grinnell. With a colorful history and a vibrant future, Grinnell, Kansas, just north of I-70, should be your next destination!

  • 2nd oldest town in Gove County, Kansas
  • One of the earliest thriving businesses was buying and shipping buffalo bones
  • First store owned and operated by John Corrette
  • Peak years for Grinnell were following World War I.
  • 1882 – First Catholic Church built north of the tracks
  • First newspaper started in 1886 – named “The People’s Press”
  • Christian Church built south of the tracks in 1900
  • Jacob Mather organized Methodist Church in early 1900’s
  • 1905 – new grade school was built
  • 1929 – high school building completed
  • 1968 – Grinnell High School and Grinnell Grade School unified with Angelus and Coin to become Unified School District 291.

Read more about Grinnell KS History


2015 1A State Volleyball ChampsWheatland High School

Sportsmanship Award – Kansas State High School Activities Association recognized Wheatland/Grinnell cheerleaders, student-althetes, coaches and the entire Wheatland/Grinnell community during both the girls’ & boys’ basketball team qualifications of the State Tournament for 2015!

Founded: 1880

Population: 264

County: Gove

Zip Code: 67738

Elevation: 2,910 ft

Average Temperature:
Summer: 75°
Fall: 52°
Winter: 30°
Spring: 52°

Average Annual Rainfall: 24″

Days of Sunshine: 237 days


1 mile North of Interstate 70
Colby, KS: 35 miles West on I-70
Denver, CO: 276 miles West on I-70
Hays, KS: 75 miles East on I-70
Kansas City, KS: 337 miles East on I-70

Recycling Available:
Trailer across the street from fire station – 413 S. Adams

City Council Members:
Adam Teeter, Mayor
Walt Dickman, Council
Daryl Dickman, Council
Tyson Dilka, Council
Dennis Moos, Council
Chris Teeter, Council
Greg Goetz, City Clerk
Jackie Teeter, City Treasurer


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
308 S Monroe
Grinnell, KS 67738

St. Paul’s Catholic Church
Angelus KS 67748
5 Miles North/3 miles west via county Road

United Methodist Church
402 S Adams
Grinnell, KS 67738


City Park:
Basketball Courts

Ball Field

Frisbee Golf

Walking trail with exercise equipment area

2 playgrounds

Swing sets

Shelter houses with electricity


City of Grinnell – Water & Sewer

Gove County Clerk – Trash

Midwest Energy Inc. – Electricity & Gas

S&T Telephone – Phone, TV, Internet

Clubs & Organizations

Angelus 4-H Club

Cow Paddy Golf Club

Friends of Grinnell, Inc.

GAP – Grinnell Activities Program

GAB/PRIDE & Youth Pride

Grinnell After Harvest Festival

Grinnell/Angelus Area Heritage Center

Grinnell High School Alumni Association

Grinnell Senior Center

Grinnell Volunteer Fire Department

Knights of Columbus #2773

St. Ann’s Altar Society

St. Paul’s Daughters of Isabella

VFW Post #2864 – Veterans, Men’s Auxiliary, Women’s Auxiliary

Community Services

Emergency: 911

Fire: 911

Ambulance: 911

Sheriff: 911

City Office:
City of Grinnell
Mon-Fri: 8am – 12pm

Post Office:

Moore Family Library
91 S. Adams
Grinnell, KS 67738
Mon & Wed: 4-6 pm
Sat: 9:30-11:30 am

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
300 N. Ferris
Grinnell, KS 67738

Grinnell Township Cemetery
500 N. Third
Grinnell, KS 67738

St. Paul’s Cemetery
Angelus, KS 67748

Senior Center:
105 S. Adams
Grinnell, KS 67738

Golden Prairie District – K-State Research and Extensions


Blue Aces Machine Pitch

Blue Thunder Machine Pitch

Cow Paddy Golf Course

Summer T-Ball

Summer Weight Lifting: Grades 5-12 @ WHS

Open Basketball: City Park

Mens Basketball: Wed Nights @ WHS

Movies in the park

Sunday Open Gym (Fall/Winter): Shooting hoops @ WHS

Walking Trail

Area Attractions

Hays Regional Airport – 68 miles

Camping – 15 miles

Fishing – 30 miles

Hunting – Local

Movie Theaters – 12 minutes

Swimming – 12 minutes

Waterskiing – 60 minutes

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