Lincoln, Kansas: Suitcase Tombstone of a Traveling Salesman

A life-size suitcase replica in stone for business man J. S. Jacobs (1848-1891). It's in a small cemetery so it's easy to find.

Address:
E. South St., Lincoln, KS
Directions:
Small (life-size) and near the road. Lincoln Cemetery is also small, so the suitcase is easy to find.
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Suitcase Tombstone of a Traveling Salesman

This is actually really cool and a pretty grave marker. The cemetery is just east of town. If you don't take the main road through the cemetery, take the one to the left, you'll see the suitcase tombstone on the right at the very end, just before the road that runs alongside the back of the cemetery.

[Emma, 02/15/2015]

A 42-year old businessman named James S. Jacobs died in 1891. According to the inscription on the limestone suitcase tombstone, "Here Is Where He Stoped (sic) Last." The legend was he was a traveling salesman, with no family, who died suddenly, leaving only his samples satchel behind, which a local stone carver modeled the grave marker after. Turns out that Jacobs was in fact a local, buried with family, but bemused business associates may have financed the novel headstone.


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