Carry Nation Statue.

Carry Nation Statue

Field review by the editors.

Wichita, Kansas

Carry A. Nation, anti-saloon crusader, walked into Wichita's Carey House Bar on December 27, 1900, and proceeded to smash all of its bottles, fixtures, and furniture with rocks (She also destroyed a suggestive painting of Cleopatra taking a bath). It set her on a career path of successful moralistic destruction, and gave Wichita a notoriety that was finally acknowledged in July 2018, with the unveiling of a life-size Carry Nation statue.

Sculpted in bronze by local artist Babs Mellor, the statue stands at the exact spot where Carry entered the bar and the history books. It's life-size -- and Carry was an imposing six-footer. She's depicted in her usual floor-length black dress and shawl, Bible in one hand, hatchet in the other -- which is artistic license, since Carry didn't start using hatchets for smashing until 1901.

Carry Nation Statue

Address:
517 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS
Directions:
Downtown, on the south side of E. Douglas Ave., just west of its intersection with St Francis St.
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