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Out of the Morgue

Politics, prostitution, swindlers and hobos come and go in 1904

According to Karen Neuforth, historian at the Barton County Historical Museum, the one-armed gent in this photo, right in front of statue base, is Ira D. Brougher, who donated the statue to the city (Civil War veteran, lost the arm at Antietam).

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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.

Great Bend was home to the Barton County Democrat, a weekly paper aligned with the Democratic party, in the late 1800s and early 1900s.   It reported on not only Great Bend, but the surrounding communities and townships, and offered a broad sampling of advertising.  The railroads had been ...


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