Spring 2015 Hometown Trivia Questions
Q: What is the formal name of the stone sculptures located on the southwest corner of the Lyon County Fair Grounds?
A: Prairie Passage
Q: How many stone pylons make up the Prairie Passage sculptures?
A: 8. The pylons are clustered in four pairs of echoing images.
Q: Who was the artist that designed the Prairie Passage sculptures?
A: Richard Stauffer, an art professor at EmporiaStateUniversity, designed the stone sculptures.
Q: What type of stone was used to create the sculptures?
A: Limestone, to be more precise Cottonwood Limestone.
Q: Who supplied the limestone used for the sculptures?
A: Bayer Stone Inc. from its quarry in ChaseCounty.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.”
Q: On what date were the stones placed at the fairgrounds?
A: April 25, 1994
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
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.
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.
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.
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?