The Mystery of Little Carrie's Grave Marker
Little Carrie Frances Kiene was laid to rest in 1885 at the tender age of five, with a lovingly-carved young girl sitting on stones to mark her grave site. As the seasons have come and gone over the past twenty years or so, an unknown person or persons has slipped into Mount Hope Cemetery to update her wardrobe, replacing it with something more appropriate for the weather and time of year. Here she is dressed for spring in May of 2010. Cemetery workers say they do not know who the mysterious gravestone-dresser is. I think it's better to not know, to allow a little bit of mystery in our fact-filled lives.
A new local custom.
This very large statue is now on top of the government building in Topeka. Before it went in to position it was taken by semi-truck to many cities in Kansas for people to see. Touching the statue became a lucky gesture. Good luck to touch it if you see it. It will be high above you.