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Historical Society adds school exhibit

This photo shows Great Bend No. 1, the first school in Barton County. The photo is part of a new display at the Barton County Historical Society.

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A new display at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village celebrates schools and school districts of the past.

"There were 105 different school districts in Barton County," says Karen Neuforth, research coordinator for the Barton County Historical Society. "Most of them were rural. Over time, as transportation improved, schools consolidated and the numbers decreased." In the 1960s, the state pushed for Unified School Districts and many of the rural schools disappeared.

Included in this exhibit is a history of the Wheatland School District in Comanche Township, created by Wayne DeWerff. Five rural schools merged to create the Wheatland district ...

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