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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    For a good lesson in culture and history stop at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village. It is located just south of Great Bend on Hwy 281. There is a large main museum and also many historical buildings out side. Photo shows Becky in the old railroad and telegraph office.

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Great Bend Tourist Traps

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    At the historical museum you will see many old traps of all kinds. There are small mouse traps like this and larger traps for wolves. The museum is very nice and not a tourist trap at all!

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Great Bend Off The Beaten Path

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    One of my favorite murals depicts the many birds of nearby Cheyenne Bottoms. To see photos of real birds there go to my travelogue.

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    There are quilting patterns set in to the side walks near the courthouse in Great Bend. I thought it was a nice touch. My Sister-in-law and my mother are quilters. (The shadow is me taking the photo.)

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    One of the interesting things to look for in Great Bend are the wall murals that are on buildings down town.

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Great Bend Favorites

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Cheyenne Bottoms is north and east of Great Bend. I got there by turning from hwy 281 north of Great Bend. Cheyenne Bottoms is called the Jewel of the Prairie. It is a low lying marsh area in the bottom of a 41,000 acre land sink. All of the water drains to the center and collects there. Many thousands of birds go there during migration. Several years ago I saw endangered whooping cranes there. This photo is a large flock of pelicans rising from the water. To see more photos please look at my travelogue.

    Fondest memory: Going to Cheyenne Bottoms three times and seeing some thing new and interesting every time.

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    by TheFish Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: great bend has its name pq it is on a great bend. if you look at a map of kansas, look right dead in the middle and you will see that the arkansas river makes a big turn all of a sudden. there you will find great bend.

    Fondest memory: it is worth mentioning here that 'arkansas river' is pronounced like the state of arkansas - arr-can-saw. (best said in a bad hilbilly accent) no matter what state the river runs through, it's still the arkansas river. the kansans - deluded people that they are - seem to think that pq a river runs through their state, they can rename it. it's as ridiculous as the chinese decided that they only have one time zone pq they only want one time zone. oh and the kansans couldn't even come up with a good new name for the arkansas river - they just pronounce it our-kansas. the our-kansas river. it's stupid.

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