CIVIL WAR MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS

LYON COUNTY, KANSAS

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Americus, Lyon County

Cemetery
(northeast of town)

Americus

Type: Granite Monument

Description: A square granite spire has inlaid zinc panels that are inscribed:

"In Memory Of ~ Our Dead Soldiers ~ (GAR badge)".

"Americus Post ~ No 249 ~ G.A.R.".

"In Memory Of Our ~Sisters Who Are Gone ~ (WRC badge)"

"W.R.C. ~ No. 158".

References:
reported by RM Thies

Photographs:
RM Thies 1996
DE McGovern, October 28, 2006

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Emporia, Lyon County

All Veterans Memorial
(southeast of town center)

Emporia

Emporia

Type: Memorial Park with monuments, flagpoles and military hardware

Description: This large memorial park has a mounted helicopter and tank along with a variety of monuments, flagpoles, and plaques. The plaque at the entry reads: "In Honor of ~ Those Who Have Served ~ in the Armed Forces of ~ the United States ~ of America"

The central flagpole is labeled: "Flag Pole Donated by ~ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7957 ~ In Honor of Those Who Served and Survived ~ and Those Who Served and Died" Other flagpoles are labeled: "Civil War", "Spanish American War", "World War I", "World War II, " "Korea", "Viet Nam", "Persian Gulf War", "Operation Enduring Freedom", "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

A large granite marker is inscribed: "Dedicated To All Men And Women ~ Wounded In All Our Wars ~ My Stone Is Red For ~ The Blood They Shed. ~ The Medal I Bear ~ Is My Country's Way ~ To Show They Care ~ If I Could Be Seen ~ By All Mankind ~ Maybe Peace Will ~ Come In My Lifetime ~ Erected By Dept Of Kansas Military Order Of The Purple Heart".

There is a small marker with space for a floral urn labeled: "Unknown ~ Lest We Forget". Other markers commemorate specific individuals, the ship's bell from the Frigate Emporia, and the U.S.S. Timmerman.

References:
reported by DE McGovern

Photographs:
DE McGovern, January 8, 2006

SUV Registry Status: Secondary Memorial
no SUVCW documentation planned





Emporia, Lyon County

Fremont Park
(southeast of town center)

Emporia

Type: Granite Monument

Description: A square granite spire with a pointed cap is mounted on a pedestal and surrounded by small trees and a low fence. The inscriptions on the monument read:

"To Our ~ Silent ~ Victors".

"Erected By ~ W.R.C. No. 70 ~ And Citizens ~ Of Emporia ~ 1913".

"Lest ~ We ~ Forget".

References:
reported by RM Thies

Photographs:
RM Thies, October 21, 1998
DE McGovern, January 8, 2006

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Emporia, Lyon County

Memorial Lawn Cemetery

Emporia

Emporia

Type: Cannons and Flagpole

Description: This plaza includes a flagpole, a central plaza with urns representing the major armies, and 2 cannons.

The inscription on the flagpole stand reads: "Memorial ~ In Memory Of The Brave Boys In Blue ~ We Rally Round The Flag ~ Ladies Of The G.A.R. ~ Erected By Garfield Circle No. 22 ~ Ladies Of The G.A.R. 1915 ~ Ozetta Marshall Taylor President".

Both cannons are 12-Pdr Mountain Howitzers. Both howitzers are smoothbore and made of bronze. The inscription on one of the cannon mounts reads: "May 30, 1918 ~ Memorial ~ Hancock Post 464 G.A.R."

This Cemetery also has a GAR burial plot to the NW of the monument.

References:
Baruch and Beckman, 1978, Stark, 1997, Thies, 2004

Photographs:
RM Thies, January 14, 1995
DE McGovern, April 19, 2004

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Emporia, Lyon County

Prairie Passage
(Lyon County Fairgrounds)

Emporia

Emporia

Type: Stone Sculpture Garden

Description: This grouping of stone pylons was erected in 1994. These were a project of Richard Stauffer, Emporia Arts Council and the 1992 Kansas Sculptors Association.

Pylons are erected for Alahe (an Osage Indian name meaning "people of the wind"), Preston B. Plumb, the founder of Emporia and an early legislator, Nathaniel Lyon, and William Allen White.

The Lyon stone is described as: "Lyon County, in which Emporia is located, takes its name from Nathaniel Lyon, a Civil War general. The Lyon stone is echoed by a pylon that symbolizes elements of the land and air: clouds, lightning, rainbow, rain, creeks, hills, turkey and fish".

References:
reported by Thies, 1999

Photographs:
A Russ, October 28, 2006

SUV Registry Status: Secondary Memorial
no SUVCW documentation planned





Emporia, Lyon County

William Lindsay White Civic Auditorium
111 W 6th Avenue

Civic Auditorium

Type: Flag Pole

Description: In front of the Auditorium is a flagpole with a broad round base. Embedded in the top of this base is a plaque indicating the flagpole was a project of the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial. Also embedded in the flagpole are bronze plaques with the logos of the G.A.R., the United Spanish War Veterans, the VFW, and the American Legion.

References:
reported by B Tarr

Photographs:
DE McGovern, April 21, 2007

SUV Registry Status: Secondary Memorial
no SUVCW documentation planned




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Updated April 25, 2007 - DE McGovern