Hazel Miner Monument

Hazel Miner's Lame Memorial

Field review by the editors.

Center, North Dakota

This gothic-arch-topped upright granite slab looks like a tombstone, but it isn't. "In memory of Hazel Miner," read the German block letters engraved on it. "To the dead a tribute, to the living a memory, to posterity an inspiration."

Hazel Miner was a 15-year-old from Center who got lost in a blizzard, along with her younger brother and sister, on her way home from school. As night fell she lay on top of them, saving their lives while sacrificing her own.

But the monument doesn't tell you any of that. Instead, in big, bold letters, the inscription continues: "The story of her life and her heroic, tragic death is recorded in the archives of Oliver County on pages 130-131, book H, misc. records. STRANGER, READ IT." One wonders how Hazel would feel if she knew that the only tribute to her sacrifice is a cheap tease.

Hazel Miner's Lame Memorial

Centennial Park

Address:
Center Ave., Center, ND
Directions:
Hidden behind some bushes on the northwest corner of Market St. and Center Ave./Hwy 48, just south of the museum in the small log cabin.
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