Downtown Girard Square

100 S Summit St
Girard, KS 66743
(620) 724-8918

Downtown Girard is built around a traditional courthouse square. The statue of a deer and a marker on the southwest corner of the square commemorate the founding of the city on the site where Dr. Charles H. Strong, the founder of the city, killed a deer. Girard was also home to the socialist newspaper “Appeal to Reason” and the “Little Blue Books” of classic literature. Many of the downtown buildings have bronze plaques giving a brief history of the site.

History of the courthouse: https://www.crawfordcountykansas.org/courthouse-history.html

Founded in 1868, Downtown Girard is built around a traditional courthouse square. Plaques throughout the area provide a brief history of the community. A statue of a deer commemorates where the city founder killed a deer and proclaimed that spot to be designated a new town. Mistreatment of the region’s coal mining workers led to Girard based publication of the socialist newspaper “Appeal to Reason”; and, long before Wikipedia, 300 to 500 million “Little Blue Books” were printed and delivered from here. These small, cheap pocketbooks brought classic literature and other common sense knowledge to the working class.

Centennial Deer Sculpture

S Summit St & E Prairie St
Girard, KS 66743
(620) 724-6212

Dedicated on Girard’s Centennial Birthday February 28, 1868~1969: Dr. Charles H. Strong decided to go deer hunting and possibly locate the geographical center of Crawford County, which had just been established in Southern Kansas February 13, 1867. While hunting, a deer jumped up out of the grass and was shot by Dr. Strong who drove a stake where the deer fell; on which he placed a card and a bunch of grass stating that he had taken the land and Girard was to be located thereon; naming it in honor of his home town Girard, Pennsylvania.

C4 Coffeehouse & Country Store

102 S Ozark
Girard, KS 66743
(620) 724-6100

Saddle up at this one of a kind ranch-themed coffee shop. Saddle bar stools lets you feel like you’re riding a horse while enjoying your hot java. With drink flavors unavailable elsewhere in the Four States, sizes are Calf, Heifer, Cow & Bull. This family hangout spot is also a small country store with favorite lines: Myra Bags, Milk Bottle Co. Candles, Wind & Willow Dips, The Naked Bee Cosmetics & much more.

SEK Boutique Daytrip

Get out and SHOP Southeast Kansas’ most unique boutiques from July 8 – July 22!

Here’s how it works:
– Pick up a passport at any participating business starting Wednesday, July 8.
– Visit 15 of the 18 participating businesses and get a stamp/signature/punch on your passport.
– Turn in your completed passport at your last visit by July 22 to be entered to WIN a $50 gift card to each boutique!!

Participating Boutique Locations are as follows:

Libby’s Boutique
Binge Boutique

Be sure to FOLLOW all participating businesses to check hours, specials, and more! :)

Winners will be announced by Friday, July 24!