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Kansas Historical Marker

Carry Nation

Kansas State Historical Marker
Barber County
K-8, Barber County
South edge of Kiowa

      Carry A. Nation, the militant crusader against illegal saloons, launched her career of saloon-smashing in Kiowa. She and her followers in Medicine Lodge, her hometown, had closed the local saloons by holding prayer meetings on their premises and displays of force. However, as the Women's Christian Temperance Union's jail evangelist, she found as many drunks as ever in the country jail. These men named Kiowa as their source of supply.