Carry A. Nation
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 00.598 W 098° 29.358
14S E 545434 N 4096099
She wasn't using the ax yet, but with full bottles, and pool balls she destroyed illegal saloons.
Waymark Code: WM8XTR
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 05/28/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
Views: 5

Marker Erected by: Kansas Historical Society and Kansas Highway Department
Location of Marker: K-8, roadside turnout, near OK-KS state line, South edge of Kiowa
County of Marker: Barber County.

Carry Nation's home in Medicine Lodge is 24 miles due north of this location.

Marker Name: Carry A. Nation

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
Carry A. Nation, the militant crusader against illegal saloons, launched her career of saloon-smashing in Kiowa. She and her followers in Medicine Lodge, her hometown, had closed the local saloons by holding prayer meetings on their premises and displays of force. However, as the Women's Christian Temperance Union's jail evangelist, she found as many drunks as ever in the county jail. These men named Kiowa as their source of supply. A voice spoke to Carry, telling her to go to Kiowa and smash the saloons. On June 1, 1900, she attacked three "joints" in Kiowa, using stones, brickbats, full malt bottles, and one billiard ball as ammunition. Carry's attack surprised local officials, but because of the fact that the operation of such "joints" was illegal she was not jailed as she would be later in other communities. She did not adopt the use of her now famous hatchet until her visit to Wichita some six months later. The Kiowa attack quickly received national attention and instigated great debate even among the temperance organizations. Carry Nation spent the remainder of her life in the crusade against the liquor interests and lecturing on prohibition. She died June 9, 1911.

Marker Location: Barber

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Name of agency setting marker: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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