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. Some things to see in the heart of Great Bend:
Barton Arts Center - View the art on display from area artists. Also, check out the Backroom at the center, where they host upcoming and experienced musical performances.
Birdhouse Art self-guided Tour - Over (50) over-sized uniquely decorated birdhouses adorn the sidewalks and business fronts of several downtown businesses and other businesses around town.
Download the Birdhouse Brochure for a list of descriptions and locations of birdhouses.
Crest Theatre - This historic theatre 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.
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.
Download the Quilt Walk Brochure for a complete walking guide of the unique attraction.
Songbird Habitat - This habitat is designed to provide shelter and food sources for a variety of songbirds, right in the 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.
Historic Walking 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:
Download the Historic Walking Tour guide for a complete list of buildings and their stories.
- Barton County Courthouse
- Cornerstone Interiors
- Crest Theatre
- Moses Bandshell