Cemetery Tour
Cemeteries tell the stories of our past. Long after they are gone, those who settled this land hold power over us. Wander into almost any Kansas cemetery and let the tombstones remind you of their legacy.
Stories
Before you visit Great Bend's "City of the Dead," we invite you to familiarize yourself with the local history at the Barton County Historical Society. Two of the most famous figures you will learn of include Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American film producer who called Great Bend home, and of Arthur C. Banta, a local attorney who's murder rocked the state in 1921. 

Self-Guided Tour
A cemetery tour publication is available to guide you through Great Bend's cemetery and others in the area. When exploring the cemeteries, remember, sometimes the best gateway is where the heart takes you. So set your own direction and go at your own pace. Each cemetery tells so many stories.

Symbols
Throughout the 20th century, it became a trend to etch symbols into gravestones. For instance, hands on a stone represent partnership, while crossed swords or cannons often represent military service. The meanings of these symbols can be found in the Cemetery Tours brochure which can be picked up at the Convention & Visitor's Bureau's 24-hour brochure rack located at 3111 10th Street. 

Download the Cemetery Tour from the Download Center for a complete list of historic cemeteries and special points to explore.