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Tours to unlock 'Secrets of Goessel'

Teacher, historian, author, and storyteller Brian D. Stucky will lead “Secrets of Goessel” tours Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with Goessel Harvest Festival and made possible by Marion County Economic Development.

Two different tours will be available. Tours Saturday through rural Goessel will last two hours, cover 50 miles in three counties, and feature 27 historical points of interest.

The points of interest include trail ruts, cemeteries, historic school sites, buffalo pasture, a homestead, springs, the birthplace of Bethel College, several trail routes, a crime scene, and historical markers.

Tours Sunday in town will last 30 minutes. Points of interest include early businesses, the birthplace of Goessel, the birthplace of the Western District Conference, evidence of a 1906 tornado, unusual architecture, a nationally important football field, the first Mennonite hospital in the Western hemisphere, the birthplace of Tabor College, and the site of ghost sightings.

Tours begin at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar St., Goessel. Sept. 25 tours begin at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and cost $10. Sept. 26 tours begin at 3, 4, and 5 p.m. and cost $5. Tours require a minimum of seven riders. All proceeds will be donated to Goessel High School Student Council.

Visitors should arrive 15 minutes early to pay and sign a form. Call (620) 367-2610 or e-mail bnstucky@mtelco.net to reserve a seat.

Last modified Sept. 22, 2010

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