About Ulysses

About Us

Founded: 1885
Population: 7909
Elevation: 3057 feet
Latitude: 37° 34′ 53″ N
Longitude: 101° 21′ 17″ W
School District: USD 214
ZIP code: 67880
Area Code: 620

Ulysses is the county seat of Grant County and is located near the center of the county.  It’s the largest town in a six county region and serves as a regional shopping area.

At the height of the county seat contest between Ulysses and Appomattox in 1888, Ulysses boasted a population of 2,000 and supported twelve restaurants, four hotels, several other businesses, six gambling houses, and twelve saloons according to information from the Historic Adobe Museum. The battle was so expensive that the town of Ulysses went deeply into debt. In 1909, the buildings of the town were moved three miles to the present site to prevent foreclosure at the old townsite. Only a masonry school was left behind for the East Coast bondholders.

The town (and GrantCounty) was named for Ulysses Grant (1822-1885), Union general in the Civil War and 18th president of the United States.  There is also a Ulysses in Nebraska, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Idaho; the one in Kansas is the largest.

The North fork of the CimarronRiver wanders across Grant county, passing just south of Ulysses.  The broad valley carved by the often dry river provides a dramatic setting for the town.

Highways US 160 and K-25 intersect at Ulysses.  The Santa Fe railroad also serves the town.


Visit the Ulysses Chamber website for more information about attractions in the area! www.ulysseschamber.org

Contact Us

Grant County Chamber of Commerce
113B S Main
Ulysses, KS 67880

Email: uchamber@pld.com


Ulysses Chamber      www.ulysseschamber.org

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