I wrote about Ash Valley a while back, but here is information on an old gravestone, maybe one of the oldest gravestones in the state! Click here for the story of Ash Valley and its birth and death. Here's a photo I stumbled across in an email I received a while back from a reader.
From The News
Another remnant is about a mile east of town, a limestone marker honoring a man who died before Kansas was a state.
Cliff Line, a former resident of Ash Valley, was digging a
post hole in 1916 when he hit a rock. When he unearthed it, he found
lettering on it and realized it was a grave from 75 years earlier.
The stone said:
A.D. 1841 June
W.D Silver Shot with (below shows the carving of an arrow).
Speculation is he died from an Indian attack. The site, according to an article from the time in the The
News, is 30 miles from the Santa Fe Trail and the man could
have been hunting before he was attacked. The railroad erected a monument that still stands today along the former railroad line.
Thanks for the photo Adrian!