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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Barton County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Barton County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Barton County, KS (61) Ellsworth County, KS (28) Pawnee County, KS (24) Rice County, KS (20) Rush County, KS (7) Russell County, KS (22) Stafford County, KS (7)  BartonCounty(61) Barton County (61)  EllsworthCounty(28) Ellsworth County (28)  PawneeCounty(24) Pawnee County (24)  RiceCounty(20) Rice County (20)  RushCounty(7) Rush County (7)  RussellCounty(22) Russell County (22)  StaffordCounty(7) Stafford County (7)
Great Bend is the county seat for Barton County
Adjacent to Barton County, Kansas
      Ellsworth County (28)  
      Pawnee County (24)  
      Rice County (20)  
      Rush County (7)  
      Russell County (22)  
      Stafford County (7)  
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1Kansas, Barton County, Claflin — Prey and Play — Hunting and Wildlife Watching Along the Byway
For thousands of years, Native Americans relied on this region's wildlife for sustenance. Early settlers, too, depended on bison, deer, and birds drawn to the region's reliable water and forage. As settlements expanded, unregulated hunting . . . Map (db m95699) HM
2Kansas, Barton County, Claflin — Settling the "Great American Desert" — Zebulon Pike's Legacy
Near midnight, on October 12, 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike and his exploring party, headed to the Rockies, reached the Arkansas River just south of here. The explorers camped by the river for two weeks to rest their animals and lay in a . . . Map (db m95732) HM
3Kansas, Barton County, Claflin — Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway
When you think of Kansas, what pops into your mind? Prairie? Wheat? Dorothy? The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway will forever reshape your image of this part of the "Sunflower State." This 77-mile Byway connects two of the world's . . . Map (db m95731) HM
4Kansas, Barton County, Claflin — Wings Over the Water — Miracles of Migration
"The stork in the heavens knoweth her appointed time; and the turtle dove, and the crane, and the swallow, observed the time of their coming" —Jeremiah (8:7) For thousands of years, we have marveled at bird migration. How could . . . Map (db m95728) HM
5Kansas, Barton County, Ellinwood — Hotel Wolf
Hotel Wolf has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m59149) HM
6Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — 19th Bombardment Group — 28th Squadron • 30th Squadron • 93rd Squadron
Great Bend Army Air Field April 1944 to December 1944 North Field Guam December 1944 to September 1945 187 Missions Kadena Okinawa June 1950 to September 1953 251 MissionsMap (db m66299) WM
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7Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — 40th Bomb Group
Activated April 1, 1941 Deactivated October 22, 1946 Served with Distinction From Bases In ————————— Puerto Rico • Panama • Guatamala • Ecuador • Pratt, Kansas • Chakulia, India • . . . Map (db m66881) WM
8Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — 73rd Bomb Wing — 20th Air Force
Wing Commander General Emmett "Rosie" O'Donnell 497th Bomb Group - A 869th Bomb Squadron 870th Bomb Squadron 871st Bomb Squadron 498th Bomb Group - T 873th Bomb Squadron 874th Bomb Squadron 875th Bomb . . . Map (db m66370) WM
9Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — ATSF Locomotive No. 3416
Donated to the City of Great Bend this 18th day of Sept., 1956 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. History Purchased in July 1919 from Baldwin Locomotive Works at Eddystone, Pennsylvania at a cost of $69,000. Used in . . . Map (db m59846) HM
10Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — City of Bakersfield — 314th BW • 19th BG • 28th BS
Vernon Chandler • James Stevens Wayne Christensen • George Lane Neil Allen • Frank Hermes Richard Ackerman • Harold Galbreath Douglas Snook • Rutger Kindberg Roy Kurre • Robert Tannehill Andrew KerznerMap (db m66300) WM
11Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — City of Flatbush — 314th BW • 19th BG • 30th BS
Jim Hall • Francis Thompson Eugene Victor • Gerson Lacoff John Segal • Don Leeper Ernest Vick • John Keogh Don Comer • Marv Beattie John Tyrrell • Cecil CorleyMap (db m66270) WM
12Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Civil War Memorial — Lest We Forget
Erected and dedicated by Ira D. Brougher Department Commander to Pap Thomas Post No. 52 Grand Army of the Republic Department of Kansas Veterans of the War of 1861 - 1865 [Honor Roll of Post No. 52 Members] [Honor Roll . . . Map (db m59159) WM
13Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Civil War Memorial
In Memory of Veterans of War 1861 - 1865Map (db m66194) WM
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14Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Crew 52 — 73rd Bomb Wing • 498th Bomb Group — 875th Bomb Squadron —
Robert Brett • Vonley R Bucklin Thomas Cantwell • Roger Denis Burmon Hoyle • Clarence Rarick William Schomburg • Fred Sobaski Richard Solt • David Sussman Burdette YoungMap (db m64279) WM
15Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Deacon's Disciples — 58th BW • 444th BG • 678th BS
Charles "Deacon" Miller • Raymond Geiger Ted Morrill • Ernest Keller Carson Eckmann • Edward Hassig Robert Foor • John Murray A.L. Tilley • Archie Moore Delmar Pfeiffer • Elmer (mascot)Map (db m66265) WM
16Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Duke's Lead Crew — 58th Bomb Wing • 444th Bomb Group — 679th Bomb Squadron —
. . . Map (db m64281) WM
17Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Enola Gay — 509th Composite Group
. . . Map (db m66263) WM
18Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — 70 — Fort Zarah
In 1825 the Federal government surveyed the Santa Fe trail, great trade route from western Missouri to Santa Fe. Treaties with Kansas and Osage Indians safeguarded the eastern end of the road but Plains Tribes continued to make raids. Fort Zarah, at . . . Map (db m55315) HM
19Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Great Bend AAF Ground Training Unit
In memory of the officers & men of the Great Bend Ground Training Unit; Celestial Navigation, Link & Bomb Trainers 1943 - 1945Map (db m64282) WM
20Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Honey - V☐ 42 — 73rd Bomb Wing • 499th Bomb Group — 879th Bomb Squadron —
. . . Map (db m64283) WM
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21Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Jack Kilby
Tribute to Jack Kilby There was a time when engineers who improved our daily lives and spawned global industries achieved enormous prominence and public attention. Henry Ford and his tin lizzie were recognized everywhere. Alexander . . . Map (db m66174) HM
22Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Kansas Aviators in the B-29 Program
*Lt R. Nelson Minneapolis, Kansas B-29 Navigator 73rd Bomb Wing Shot Down - March 1945 Beheaded - September 1945 ————————— *S/Sgt L. [Lynn] Barnett Colby, Kansas Flight . . . Map (db m66880) WM
23Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Kiley's Krew
Bernard Kiley Jr • Morris Schuurmans Patrick Conaghan Jr • Henry Harper Arthur Richards • Edward Tis Cecil Saul • Gilbert Dunning Milton Diley • James Husted John HerringMap (db m66245) WM
24Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Leslie J. Campbell Jr. — Brigadier General, USAF — Strategic Air Command —
World War II • Korea • Vietnam Enlisted in USAAF - 1943 Native of Great Bend Distinguished Service Medal - Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross - Air Medal Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Accommendation Medal Army . . . Map (db m64275) WM
25Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — M/Sgt Robert James Aspinall — 313 Bomb Wing • 505th Bomb Group — 483 & 484 Bomb Squadrons —
Flight Engineer Born March 6, 1920 - Rochester, Wisconsin POW at Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan Executed - June 20, 1945Map (db m64302) WM
26Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Norman Barker
314th BW • 19th BG 33rd Air Meteorological Group Pratt Army Air Field 1944 - 45Map (db m66298) WM
27Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Old-Bitch-U-Airy Bess — 58th Bomb Wing • 462nd Bomb Group — 769th Bomb Squadron —
K.D. Thompson • Thomas F. Randle, Jr. Thurman W. Sallade • Thomas L. Price Vaughn A. Plevan* • S. Clay Sandhofer Louis N. Decory • Charles O. Trabold B. Keith Baldwin • Gordon K. Golden Leroy J. ArentsMap (db m64304) WM
28Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Original B-29 Pilots At Great Bend Army Air Field
Of the 12 original pilots chosen for the B-29 program the following were stationed at Great Bend Army Air Field —————————— Marshall (Moe) Brown • Jack Doran Archie Lewis • . . . Map (db m66877) WM
29Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Oscar Micheaux — Jan. 2, 1884 - Mar. 25, 1951
Pioneer Black film maker & author A man ahead of his timeMap (db m66190) HM
30Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Pacific Queen Z-35 — 73rd Bomb Wing • 500th Bomb Group — 882nd Bomb Squadron —
Roy H. Bruns • Roy B. Brown Harold T. Bohham • Victor W. Bailey Laurence A. Dryden • Richard H. Beardsley Richard J. Rodrick • Victor E. Repp C. "Mike" Williams • Herbert C. Dunn Earle M. BayneMap (db m64284) WM
31Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Rover Boys Express — 21st Bomber Command • 73rd Bomb Wing — 499th Bomb Group • 878th Bomb Squadron —
Edmund G Smith POW • James Edward POW Ray "Hap" Halloran POW • Robert Grace* William Franz* • Guy H Knobel POW John P Nicholson POW • Anthony Lukasiewicz* Vito C Barbieri* • Robert Holladay* Cecil T Laird*Map (db m64285) WM
32Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Site of Fort Zarah — 1822 - 1872
Site of Fort Zarah 1822 - 1872 on Santa Fe TrailMap (db m59157) HM
33Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — SSgt Thurman Walling — My Dear Kansas Friend
"Lucky Irish" Gunner 73rd BW 497th BG 870th SQ 30 combat missions from Saipan. Enroute home in the famous 52-mission "Dauntless Dottie" which led the first Saipan-Tokoyo [sic] Raid, the plane crashed on Kwajalein, June 7, 1945 In . . . Map (db m66365) WM
34Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Streetscape
In the history of most successful communities, there have been defining moments. Streetscape served as such a moment for this community. In the wake of the financial adversity of the preceding decade, this community united in common effort to . . . Map (db m59161) HM
35Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Talie Ho — 58th BW • 444th BG • 677th BS
Paul J Burnor • Kenneth W Fisher John R Brown • Harold L Hadden John M Williams • Raymond E Nelson Frank O'Neil • Ellis W Conrad Frank W Steed • Burrel S Lewis James R McFaydenMap (db m66878) WM
36Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Tamerlane — 313th BW • 504th BG • 398th BS
"The Chief" Hay • John Froehlich Frank Pettibone • John Pearson James Hunter • "Hap" Owens Robert Beals • Robert Thill Charles Burton • Bill Bostick Al RuesterMap (db m66368) WM
37Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — The B-29 Memorial
[Panel] 1 The B-29 Memorial Honoring the Past... Educating the Future The B-29 Memorial was built to honor the sacrifices made by people in the past to ensure freedom for future generations. Until the 1990s, the Great Bend Army Air . . . Map (db m69240) HM WM
38Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — The Fickle Finger — 58th BW • 444th BG • 676th BS
. . . Map (db m66266) WM
39Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — This Is It — 58th BW • 444th BG • 677th BS
John A Dunn* • Arwin C Hook* John J Buckley III* • Rufus E. S. Henry* Edward C. Johnston • John T Juracek Jr* James E O'Donnell • Philip Wolk Loney G Boggess • Ralph L Heffernan Lloyd G McNameeMap (db m66269) WM
40Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Van Wingerden's Crew — 58th Bomb Wing • 444th Bomb Group — 676th Bomb Squadron —
Nicolas Van Wingerden William C Jennings* • Wendell F Geiwitz* Albert E Woltz* • Uline C Miller Thomas J Maxham* • Samuel E Davis* Kenneth C Carlson* • Rex T Phelps* Martin T Warner • Scott C Baker*Map (db m64300) WM
41Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial
(east side)Dedicated to the Veterans of All Wars May 26, 1935 (west side)Erected by Morrison-McFadden Post № 3111 Great Bend, KansasMap (db m156307) WM
42Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — W. M. "Bill" Colvin — In Memory Of
Easter Pipeline & Construction Company Ellinwood, Kansas Smoky Hill Army Air Field constructionMap (db m66297) WM
43Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Walter R. Anderson — Washington, Kansas
Second Lieutenant U.S. Army Air Force Navigator B-17 & B-29 2nd Air Force 16th BW - 235th BGMap (db m66357) WM
44Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Welch's Wolves — 58th Bomb Wing • 444th Bomb Group — 677th Bomb Squadron —
Thomas Welch • James Johnson Robert McKay • George Glover Charles Vail • Robert McInerny Allan Hanson • James Jones Walter Grouten • James Vasbinder Bob Kilburn • Hugh Polson Am ReinhardMap (db m64286) WM
45Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend — Wichita Witch — 73rd BW • 498th BG • 874th BS
. . . Map (db m66268) WM
46Kansas, Barton County, Hoisington — Robert E. "Bob" Vohs Tribute — (January 14, 1913 - January 12, 1985)
Dedicated to the memory of a man who was the "all american" citizen - total committment and devotion to his country, community and family above himself. He was a most active Chamber member and freely gave us his time, expertise and handy-man . . . Map (db m59845) HM
47Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — "A Point of Red Rocks"
We set out at the ushal time and at 8 miles West We passed point of Red Rocks about 600 yds from the river and at Eleven miles crossed the paney River….Some Cottenwood on the Banks and Some Bushis. the Red Rock is evidently a volcanic production . . . Map (db m64249) HM
48Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — "A Rallying Point for the Indians"
No one actually knows how Pawnee Rock was named. Josiah Gregg, who had been over the Santa Fe Trail eight times beginning in 1831, wrote: the attention of the traveller is directed to the ‘Pawnee Rock' so called, it is said, on account of a . . . Map (db m64243) HM
49Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — "A Remarkable Rocky Point"
From 1821 until late in the 1800s Pawnee Rock was a noted landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Thousands of wagons lumbered and creaked by here carrying goods to or from the great American Southwest. Many travelers recorded their impressions of . . . Map (db m64245) HM
50Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — "Along Came the Line of Wagons"
Slowly along came the line of wagons, and the prairie breeze brought us, in sound, faint and far between, the driver’s invocations to their mules. Matthew C. Field, journalist 1839 From 1821 until the late 1860s the Santa Fe Trail ran . . . Map (db m64241) HM
51Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld”
Standing here 175 years ago Santa Fe Trail travelers looked out over a sea of grass. About three miles to the south a line of timber marked the Arkansas River which meandered across the prairie. A few plum thickets dotted the landscape, and an . . . Map (db m64203) HM
52Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld”
Standing here 175 years ago Santa Fe Trail travelers looked out over a sea of grass. About three miles to the south a line of timber marked the Arkansas River which meandered across the prairie. A few plum thickets dotted the landscape, and an . . . Map (db m64205) HM
53Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — Marking the Rock
Pawnee Rock changed very little for ten thousand years. The hill was grass-covered with a fifty-foot-high face on the southeast side in front of you. Wind, water, and vegetation slowly eroded the stone. But Pawnee Rock has changed. The top of . . . Map (db m64242) HM
54Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — Nehemiah Carson — 1826 - 1846
Private Company G 1st Regiment Missouri Mounted Infantry Mexican War Pvt Carson died of some unknown illness at this point on July 13, 1846 and was buried on the following dayMap (db m64202) WM
55Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — Pawnee Rock
A mile northeast is Pawnee Rock, a famous landmark on the Santa Fe Trail. Considered the mid-point of the long road between Missouri and New Mexico. Pawnee Rock was a symbol of challenges overcome. Many early travelers mentioned it in their . . . Map (db m55303) HM
56Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — 71 — Pawnee Rock
"We first rode nearly north about a mile to a remarkable Rocky Point . . .We rode upon the top which is probably 50 feet above the plain below, and from whence there is a charming view of the country in every direction." —George Sibley, . . . Map (db m64191) HM
57Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — Santa Fe Trail — 1822 - 1872
[Title is text]Map (db m64190) HM
58Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — Santa Fe Trail — 1822 - 1872
. . . Map (db m64199) HM
59Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — 50 — Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail 1822 - 1872 Map (db m64197) HM
60Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — Santa Fe Trail Monument
In honor of the brave men and women who passing over the old Santa Fe Trail, endured the hardships of frontier life, and blazed the path of civilization for posterity Pawnee Rock, given to the State of Kansas by Benj. P. Unruh, in . . . Map (db m64248) HM
61Kansas, Barton County, Pawnee Rock — William Becknell
Father of Santa Fe Trail Pawnee Rock, Kansas 150 Anniversary 1821 1971Map (db m64201) HM
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Mar. 26, 2023