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Fort Hays State University is located at Hays, Ellis County, Kansas. It is approximately 250 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri, and 325 miles east of Denver, Colorado. It was the farthest west of any of the schools in the Central High Plains when it was founded. The university serves a vast area of western Kansas that is approximately 250 miles long and 225 miles deep. It also attracts students from contiguous counties in Nebraska, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The constituency that once was essentially agrarian has changed as the new economy of the world has changed. More non-traditional and international students attend, and thus there is more of a global view of the world on the campus. This history covers 100 years of Fort Hays History and provides an indepth look at the development of the institution over time.
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Forsythe, James L., "Lighthouse on the Plains: Fort Hays State University, 1902-2002" (2002). Monographs. 38.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/all_monographs/38