ESB Hometown Trivia - Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Hometown Trivia Questions

Question 1

Q: What is the formal name of the stone sculptures located on the southwest corner of the Lyon County Fair Grounds?

A: Prairie Passage


Question 2

Q: How many stone pylons make up the Prairie Passage sculptures?

A: 8. The pylons are clustered in four pairs of echoing images.


Question 3

Q: Who was the artist that designed the Prairie Passage sculptures?

A: Richard Stauffer, an art professor at EmporiaStateUniversity, designed the stone sculptures.


Question 4

Q: What type of stone was used to create the sculptures?

A: Limestone, to be more precise Cottonwood Limestone.


Question 5

Q: Who supplied the limestone used for the sculptures?

A: Bayer Stone Inc. from its quarry in ChaseCounty.


Question 6

Q: Name two of the four people represented on the sculptures.

A: Preston Plumb, General Nathanial Lyon, William Allen White, and a member of the Osage Native American Tribe (Alahe)


Question 7

Q: Why were the stones erected?

A: The stones were part of the Kansas Sculptors Association Team Carve, a statewide project that placed native stone artwork at communities across Kansas.  Emporia was chosen as the 1992 site due to a grassroots campaign started by locals.


Question 8

Q: Nathanial Lyon was never in the county that is his namesake.  However he was in a city that to this day honors him with a 28 foot tall obelisk of Missouri granite. In what city is this monument located?

A: St. Louis, Missouri


Question 9

Q: How many hours were spent on carving the limestone?

A: Richard Stauffer estimated in the early 1990s that the project would reach around 1200 working hours by completion.


Question 10

Q:  The Alahe stone is echoed by a pylon with gesturing hands at its top. What does the sign language mean?

A: “I come in peace.”

Question 11

Q: On what date were the stones placed at the fairgrounds?

A: April 25, 1994


Question 12

Q: Preston Plumb is another person from LyonCounty’s history who is represented.  In addition to being a founding father of Emporia and a U.S. Senator, he also achieved the rank of lieutenant-colonel with the 11th Kansas Volunteer Infantry during what war? 

A: The Civil War


Question 13

Q: At the time Prairie Passage was placed, what set Emporia’s stone carvings apart from other carvings created for this project?

A: Emporia’s project was regarded as the largest and most complex of all the projects in the state.


Question 14

Q: One of the sculptures features the Santa Fe Railroad logo. In what year did the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company arrive in Emporia?

A: 1870.  The railway arrived on July 17, 1870.


Question 15

Q: How large are the Prairie Passage sculptures at the fairgrounds?

A: The eight sculptures range in height from ten to fifteen feet, and in weight from five to nine tons.


Question 16

Q: William Allen White is represented on one of the sculptures. The White home at 923 North Exchange is made from bright sandstone. In what state was the sandstone quarried from?

A: Colorado