Greensburg Well Reopens 5 Years After Tornado

By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran

GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ Greensburg is reopening the exhibit that was its biggest claim to fame before the southwest Kansas town was smashed by a tornado five years ago.

And visitors who thought there'd be nothing new to see at the world's largest hand-dug well are in for a surprise. The Big Well used to consist of a visitors' area, a gift shop and a stairway into the 109-foot well. But like many other structures in Greensburg, the well's entrance was destroyed in the EF-5 tornado that struck on May 4, 2007.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KAgSpK ) it's been rebuilt as the $3 million Big Well Museum and Visitors Center. Admission is free during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Displays in the museum tell the story of the 124-year-old well, the tornado and the town's rebuilding.


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