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Foreign tourism developing in Barton County

Travel writer Matt Bates of Scotland and Lisa Weigt, International Program director for Kansas/ Oklahoma Travel and Tourism recently toured Barton County.
“I’m blown away by the Native American (history),” said Bates, who has been in the travel business 40 years. “It’s much more complex. More painful. More hopeful.”
He likens the experiences of the Native Americans to those Scottish highlanders who were displaced to the lowlands by the English.
“I knew there was a strong Scottish/Irish connection,” Bates said. He had never visited these two states.
His first impression was that there was much more variety ...


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