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Convention and Visitors Bureau releases new visitors guide
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This Civil War soldier is in the courthouse square in Great Bend. It is featured in the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau which features recreational and educational opportunities in the area. - photo by KAREN LA PIERRE

The Great Bend Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has released a new Visitor Guide for Great Bend, Ellinwood and Hoisington featuring  historic, recreation and business sites from throughout the area. It includes colorful photos of creatures great and small, and people of the area.
“The guide is available to the public for class reunions or other activities,” said Cris Collier, president of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau. The guide is published every two years.
According to the Collier, the new guide includes pullout sections for the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway and Great Bend. These are available separately.
The Wetlands & Wildlife Scenic Byway pullout highlights Cheyenne Bottoms and the birds, as well as the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Also featured along the way is the Section Art in the Hoisington Post Office, and the limestone bridges north of Claflin.
The Great Bend pull-out features the Raptor Center at Brit Spaugh Zoo, the history of the Santa Fe Trail, the Rifleman Civil War statue at the courthouse square and various WPA projects. Also featured are the Barton County Historical Village, the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum, and the B-29 Memorial.
Both pullout sections include an itinerary.
“The photos of central Kansas were provided by the Photograph Club,” said Collier. “Regional marketing is the wave of the future.”
The guides are free and available at the GB C&VB, 3007 10th St.