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Carry Nation Statue.

Carry Nation Statue

Field review by the editors.

Wichita, Kansas

Carry A. Nation, anti-alcoholic-beverage 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 successful career path of moralistic destruction, and gave Wichita a notoriety that was finally acknowledged in July 2018, when the city unveiled a life-size Carry Nation statue.

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

Carry Nation Statue

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