Introduction to Great Bend, Kansas
Great Bend, Kansas, in Barton county, is located 90 miles NW of Wichita, Kansas. There are approximately 15,345 people in the city.
Great Bend History
The city of Great Bend derived its name from the Great Bend of Arkansas River. The early settlers arrived in Great Bend in the year 1870 and practiced farming for their livelihood. D. N. Heiser and E. J. Dodge made the first settlement in Great Bend township in the year 1871. The land began to be developed after the Civil War by the easterners. Gradually, with the growth of the oil industries, the city emerged as a center of regional trade and service center. Great Bend was an important Army Air Corps training base during World War II. Since the year 1973, Fuller Brush Company has set up its factories here.
Great Bend and nearby Attractions
- Fort Larned National Historic Site
- Nicodemus National Historic Site
- Barton County Historical Society Museum
- Brit Spaugh Zoo
- Santa Fe Trail Center
Things To Do In Great Bend
Visitors interested in wild life can take a trip to the Brit Spaugh Zoo. They may also view the facilities provided by the Veterans Memorial Park and Heizer Park. The Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, and First Congregational United Church of Christ are among the beautiful churches in the city. Tourists can also visit the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum. One can enjoy the annual festivals including the Barton County Fair, which is held in the month of July; and Polka Days, which takes place in the month of August.
Great Bend Transportation
Great Bend Muni Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Great Bend Higher Education
Students can avail higher education from Barton County Community College, Fort Hays State University, and Hutchinson Community College.