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Walking Tour postponed - program set at museum
BARTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY COURTESY PHOTO A. S. Allen’s Drug Store at Forest and Main is the oldest surviving masonry building in Great Bend.
The Zarah Hotel, Lakin and Main.

With the forecast for triple digit temperatures, the Downtown Walking Tour originally set to take place on Monday has been postponed to a cooler, yet undetermined date. Instead, “Great Bend: Allen’s Drug Store to the Zarah Hotel,” will be the subject of a program by Justin Engleman at the Barton County Historical Society on Monday evening, June 20. The program will commence at 7 p.m. and is free for society members and $4 for non-members. Memberships to the historical society may be purchased at the door that evening.

“Allen’s Drug Store to the Zarah Hotel” is a history of Great Bend in photographs including G. H. Hulme’s Drover’s Headquarters, the C. M. Brack Automobile Agency, the Kendall Hotel, Citizens National Bank and the Farmers and Merchants National Bank. More familiar locations like the American State Bank, the Municipal Auditorium and First Methodist Church will be included in the program as well. More than 100 slides will be included in the presentation. A variety of businesses, houses of worship, and government buildings make up the presentation.

The Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village is located just south of the Arkansas River bridge at 85 South U.S. 281, Great Bend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.