Crawford County  

 

Deer Statue in downtown Girard, KS

 Girard, Kansas

Founded: 1868 Population: 2794
School District: USD 248 Elevation: 986 feet
ZIP code: 66743 Latitude: 37° 30' 40" N
Area Code: 620 Longitude: 94° 50' 16" W


 

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Girard

  Girard, the county seat of Crawford [CR] county, is located almost exactly at the center of the county. Highways 47 and 7 meet here, and the BNSF railroad also serves the city.

Downtown Girard is built around a traditional courthouse square with many nice turn-of-the-century buildings. The statue of the deer and a marker on the square commemorate the founding of the city on the site where Dr. Charles H. Strong, the founder, killed a deer. Girard was home to the socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason and also the "little blue books" of classic literature. Many of the downtown buildings have bronze plaques giving a brief history of the site.

  A Huey helicopter is the centerpiece of a courthouse square VFW memorial to the veterans from Girard.

The huge (30' x 60') flag by the American Legion post on Highway 47 is part of another veterans memorial.

Nearby Greenbush is home to the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center, and to historic St. Aloysius church. A printed tour guide of the Girard area is available at the Chamber and the beautiful Carnegie Library.
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Girard Public Library
(620) 724-4317
128 W. Prairie / Girard, KS 66743

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