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Barton County Historical Society hosts a walking tour of downtown
This old postcard shows the Wagman store, Lischesky’s Dry Goods and other storefronts on Main Street in Great Bend in the early part of the 20th century.

The Barton County Historical Society will host a walking tour of downtown Great Bend for its June program, Director Richard Lartz II said. The tour, led by local historian Justin Engleman, will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, June 20 at the Clayton Moses Memorial Band Shell in Jack Kilby Square.

On this tour, participants will find out where F. W. Woolworth, Lischesky Dry Goods, the NuAces Saloon, Funk Furniture, Citizens National Bank, J. S. Dillon and Son Store #2, JC Penney, the White Way Cafe and the Farmers and Merchants Bank were located in downtown Great Bend. Engleman will also lead attendees through the former Masonic Temple and the offices above Renue, as well as talk about the former occupants of the buildings along the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Main Street.

It is highly recommended that attendees wear comfortable shoes and be able to navigate steps to enter the various buildings. 

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, located at 85 South U.S. 821, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.