Founded: 1909, Population: 6218, Elevation: 3057 feet. Ulysses is the county seat of Grant County
and is located northwest of Liberal
on Highway 160. It's the largest town in a six county region and serves as a regional shopping area. The town (and Grant County) 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.
Residents and visitors may enjoy opportunities for outdoor recreation at the city's six improved and shaded public parks. Some of the parks allow camping.
The Ulysses water tower was built in 1957 and holds 300,00 gallons. It is 150' to the top of the tower. The North fork of the Cimarron River 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.