Downtown Tour
Great Bend was incorporated in 1872 and the original town plat centered on two square blocks, which would become home to the Barton County Courthouse and the epicenter of the town's life. 

Birdhouse Art self-guided Tour. 75+ over-sized uniquely decorated birdhouses adorn the sidewalks and business fronts of several downtown businesses and other businesses around town.  

Crest Theatre. This historic theater still hosts seasonal plays throughout the year. A vintage neon lighted marquee tops this historic building and the mid-1900's statue couple sitting on the bench out front will greet you. 

Historic Tour. Each historic building downtown has its own story to tell about its contribution to the development of the city. On your downtown trek, take a peek at the historic buildings such as:

Barton County Courthouse
Cornerstone Interiors
Crest Theatre
Moses Bandshell

Download the Historic Walking Tour guide for a complete list of buildings and their stories.

Jack Kilby Memorial. The creator of the invented circuit called Great Bend his home. A statue commemorates him at the west entrance of the Barton County Courthouse.  

Kansas Quilt Walk. Learn the history of the town through large quilt patterns embedded in the sidewalks around courthouse square.  

Songbird Habitat. This habitat was designed to provide shelter and a food source for songbirds, right int he middle of downtown Great Bend. 

The Rifleman Civil War monument. A tribute to the men and women who dedicated their lives and time to fighting for our country. The soldier stands guard on the north west corner of the square.