Johnny Kaw Statue
The Pioneer Kansas Wheat Farmer
Constructing the Statue
Friends of Johnny Kaw
Those interested could join the Johnny Kaw Club and receive a membership for just $1.00. Today, the new - 2017 “Friends of Johnny Kaw” citizens group, plan on continuing with the Pioneer spirit and give the immediate area around the statue a face lift – and more important add some signage to identify the Great Kansas Wheat Grower and highlight some of his accomplishments. The Johnny Kaw Club card is back, but with
Facts/Statistics The Johnny Kaw Statue
- The Statue is 24 Feet Tall
- It was completed in 1966 at a cost of $7,000.
- All materials and labor were donated
- Construction cost was covered by contributions from local citizens
- The statue is constructed of concrete over a steel beam framework
- The design was intended to (and did) withstand wind and weather
- Johnny Kaw’s Shoe Size - 55
Other City Park Trivia & Fun Facts
Q: Johnny Kaw is a fictional character created in 1955. Who wrote the legend of Johnny Kaw?
A: George Filinger, a professor of horticulture at Kansas State University.
Q: Johnny Kaw is credited with lots of great adventures including carving the Mississippi River, digging the Grand Canyon, and building the Rocky Mountains. He was also an inventor. What did Johnny Kaw invent?
Q: How tall is the statue of Johnny Kaw in City Park?
A: Johnny is 24 feet tall.
Q: What is the oldest structure in City Park? When was it built?
A: The Roundhouse was built in 1875. It turned 140 years old in 2015.
Fun Fact: The Roundhouse, originally known as Floral Hall and later Horticultural Hall, is actually Version 2.0. The first roundhouse building was built in 1874 but was destroyed in a Kansas windstorm that year.
Q: Which of the following facilities has NOT been built in City Park?
- Horse racing track
- Golf course
- Football stadium
- Rock garden
- Highway rest stop
What about those other facilities? They were all in the park at one time or another.
- Horse racing track – City Park hosted the County Fair, including horse racing, from 1869 until the late 1880s.
- Golf course – Golf was first played in the park in 1889. An actual course was built in 1902.
- Rock garden – An informal sunken garden with rocks and native plants, designed by L.R. Quinlan, was built by the Rotary Club in the southeast corner of the park in 1936.
- Highway rest stop – In the 1920s and 1930s travelers on Old Highway 40 (Poyntz Avenue today) could stay overnight, up to three days, for free, at a City-owned tourist camp in the southwest corner of City Park.
Q: How was the low area in the southeast corner of the park created?
- It is naturally low.
- It was dug for the City’s first swimming pool.
- It is a sink hole resulting from an earthquake.
- It was the site of a brick-making operation.
- It was excavated to get soil to build City Hall.
Q: What year was the James W. Barry Rose Garden planted?
A: 1930. The Kiwanis Club donated funds to plant the first roses. James W. Barry planted and cared for them for many years. The garden was named in his honor in 1936.
Q: A hard freeze killed all of the roses in the rose garden in the winter of what year?