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Davis Memorial

606 Iowa St, Hiawatha, Kansas 66434 USA

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“one mans tribute to his wife”

Milburn Davis erected this memorial to "the sacred memory" of his wife, Sarah. After she died in 1930, he almost immediately commissioned the work to begin. The life-sized Italian marble statues of the Davises were striking in their detail and accuracy. The cost of the memorial was staggering in a small town during The Great Depression. The stubbornness of Davis toward his project in the face of public criticism was prelude to a legend. The story began when Kentucky-born John Davis followed some other Kentuckians to Brown County in 1878. He met and married Sarah and they settled on 260 acres north of Hiawatha. They were hard-working, frugal and childless. They moved to Hiawatha in 1915 and lived ordinary lives of quiet routine.  When Sarah died, the script changed. John Davis suddenly became a big spender. He removed a simple "Davis" headstone from his wife's grave in Mt. Hope Cemetery, and began to erect a massive memorial.

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Reviewed by
dowen.polzin

  • 8 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 07, 2014

Neat little place to go also has old windmills across road from it

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MeeshaRene

  • 12 Reviews
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July 06, 2017
Rated 5.0

This was really amazing to see in person. We travel with our 3 dogs and they got to walk around the cemetery with us. We took lots of pictures around the statues. It's really fascinating to see the progression of the couple. We had no idea it would be so detailed. We loved it.

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Davis Memorial

606 Iowa St
Hiawatha, Kansas
66434 USA

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