An 1871 pioneer rock home, a 1915 one room school, and 1898 church, a 1910 railroad depot, a museum building and gift shop, an agriculture building, a blacksmith shop, other buildings, and a woodvane windmill which still pumps fresh water are situated on a 5-acre tract of land south of Great Bend's Arkansas River bridge on Highway 281. The site also is an official interpretive facility for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and information point on the National Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway. Displays feature our agricultural beginnings in the Heartland. See website for hours. Tracking/HistoryThe museum preserves the history of Great Bend and Barton County which includes its Native American roots, location on the Santa Fe Trail, tribute to the post-Civil War Exodusters, World War II and Beyond. Memorial at the B-29 air field dedicated to those who served in WWII. Located at WWII airfield for B-29 training.Group tours are available. Admission is charged.
The Barton County Historical Society is found along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. Along the byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities shaped by the powerful forces of motion and change. You're entering a region formed by ancient and ongoing geological movement, a land of stunning bird migrations, of wild winds, and weather, and of richly layered human history. The road moves through radiant wetlands exploding with wildlife; prairie vistas with immense blue skies; and seven rural communities shaped by nature and the entrepreneurial spirit. The inland salt marshes that anchor this drive, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, are international birders treasures nestled in the heart of America and the Central Flyway. Plan your other stops along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway here.
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- Description Meeting room is in the middle of the main museum, so would want to use during non-business hours. Tables, chairs, PA system and pull down screen. Catering available.
- Reception Capacity 50
- Number of Rooms 1