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Barton County is nearly in the geographical center of the State, being situated exactly midway between the northern and southern boundary lines, and is in the first tier of counties west of a central line drawn from north to south; the east line of the county being a little over 200 miles west of the east line of the State, and a little less than 200 east of the west line. Source: Cutler's History of the State of Kansas 


County Seat: Great Bend

Date organized: 1872

County History:

  1. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Barton County 
  2. Santa Fe Trail Association

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. Santa Fe Trail (National Park Service website) 
  2. Pawnee Rock State Historic Site 
  3. Cheyenne Bottoms Wilderness Area (Wetlands area of Kansas)
  4. Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway 
  5. Great Bend Aspect 

County Historical Society:

  1. Barton County Historical Society 
  2. B-29 Memorial Located at Great Bend,Kansas 

Websites about the county:

  1. Barton County Government 
  2. City of Great Bend,Kansas 
  3. City of Pawnee Rock