Cave girls, glacial milk water, dignitaries: Blue Rapids had it all for the dedication of the Ice Age Monument. Top to bottom: Professor George Callison, paleontologist and artist, who imagined the monument and brought it to life; Mattie Sanders, one of the elusive cave girls hunting the peripheries of the monument (and slaying a T-Rex); Zoe Sanders, whose spear was a formidable weapon; Skyler Sanders, who carved a petroglyph of the photographer; Zoe Sanders in action; the monument, round like the only round town square in Kansas; the color guard backing Prof. George Callison at his introductory speech; Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey; Becky Blake, director of Kansas Travel and Tourism; Prof Callison with contractors who built the monument—Bailey Construction, Frankfort; and Marcie Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.
Fountain Park on the Round Town Square in Blue Rapids will be ready for the Ice Age on Saturday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
The Swedish cabin will be open for visitors at 9:00 as will the Blue Rapids Museum. The special exhibit at the BR Museum is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Homesteading Act featuring local cattle brands, antique clothing and farm equipment and more. The museum will stay open until 2:00.
The Central Branch Historical Railroad will offer a train ride at 9:30 boarding on south Main and headed east over the 85’ trestle bridge. Another ride will be run at 1:30. Games for the children will start in Fountain Park at 10:00.
The fountain in Fountain Park is decorated with Sioux Quartzite rocks slid into Kansas from Minnesota by the glaciers. An ice age picture mounted on the north side of the old jail cell is a perfect backdrop for photos as is the monument itself. Special Ice Age photo opportunities will surprise everyone so be sure to bring your cameras.
At 11:00 the Ice Age Monument Dedication will begin with Prof. George Callison, creator and major donor of the monument, greeting you followed by short speeches from visiting and local dignitaries. Bring your own lawn chairs for a comfortable half hour.
As soon as the dedication ceremony is over, the community center will open for a wooly mammoth burger lunch. A free-will offering will be taken to develop an Ice Age exhibit and information display at the Museum. Lunch will be served until about 1:30.