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Kidder, Missouri: Front Yard "Castle" Containing Cremated Couple

It's a tiny castle, built by a man to hold the ashes of his second wife. He later joined her.

340 E. 3rd St., Kidder, MO
I-35 exit 54. Drive east on US Hwy 36 for six miles, then turn left onto Hwy J and drive north 2.5 miles. The mini-castle will be on the left, just after the intersection of Hwy TT/Pine St.
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Front Yard Castle Containing Cremated Couple

The front yard castle is well maintained. The "shrine" also has a fairly elaborate wrought iron peacock and grinding stone, perhaps an homage to blacksmiths and lovers everywhere.

[J Nichols, 09/06/2010]
Front yard monument to cremated wife

Bill Crabb has built a huge rock monument to his deceased wife in his front yard in this small northwest Missouri town. The elaborate castle-looking monument is also an urn as it hold his wife's ashes. It is made out of a bunch of colorful rocks and mortar. It is a sight to see.

[Alonzo Weston, 05/02/2001]

We wouldn't call it "huge," but it is impressive for an urn. Built by Bill Crabb for his second wife, Virginia, who died in 1993. (Bill was married three times.) Bill passed away on Christmas Eve, 2005, age 84, and joined Virginia in the castle. He was a blacksmith who, just before he died, built a "21-Gun Salute Machine" -- an automatic multiple-gun firer -- that he mounted on the back of a pickup truck and willed to the local VFW. Bill was concerned about the dwindling supply of honor guards for military funerals.

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J.C. Penney MuseumJ.C. Penney Museum, Hamilton, MO - 6 mi.
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World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, Blue Springs, MO - 53 mi.

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