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That special spirit

Dear Editor,
Great Bend was permanently founded May 23, 1872, and in the opinion of many, ever since has led a “charmed life.” I think often about the incredible good fortune of our city every time something important is about to happen to us. For example, we have survived droughts, the Dustbowl, grasshopper invasions, flooding, tornadoes, a polio epidemic, some of the mayhem of the Civil War, WWI and WWII, the Great Depression, flood control, and several other wars. And WWII included acquisition of the vast acreage west of Great Bend, which was converted into a training base for hundreds ...


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