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Out of the Morgue

Tarzan, the Hotel Cook, and the new Arkansas River bridge make their debut New Year’s Day 2014.

Before Photo of new bridge, circa 1914 (Courtesy of the Barton County HIstorical Society museum) A cement bridge replaced the original wooden bridge that spanned the Arkansas River at Great Bend. A 1913 flood damaged the old bridge, requiring extensive repairs (photo on left). City fathers d...

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by Veronica Coons

Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

The Hotel Cook
One hundred years ago, Great Bend welcomed the opening of The Hotel Cook, located across the street from the courthouse at 14th and Kansas. The hotel proprietor, John H. Wood, offered an extravagant New Years Dinner with special music ...

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