Monument to honor city founders
Next month, the gaze of Reuben and Ephraim Basehor will be permanently transfixed on the city they founded 114 years ago, in 1889.
The Basehor Historical Society plans to unveil a monument paying homage to the Basehor brothers Sunday, Nov. 2, at the site of the future Basehor Historical Society Museum and Conference Center at the northeast corner of 158th Street.
Also slated for dedication by the Historical Society on Nov. 2 is a flagpole in honor of longtime Basehor residents Eugene and Darlene Theno.
Historical Society members, local leaders and anyone interested in attending the ceremony will catch first glimpse of the stone monument, which stands five feet tall and weighs approximately four tons.
The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.
The monument will feature images of the Basehor brothers as well as an engraved history of the city, Historical Society members said.
Construction of the concrete slab the monument will rest on began last week at the site.
The $10,000 monument, completed three years ago, remains in storage waiting for placement. The Historical Society obtained grants from private foundations for the monument, Historical Society members said.
Originally, the monument was slated to be located in front of Basehor City Hall but plans for that location fell through, Historical Society members said.
Next, Historical Society members hoped the statue would be erected when the Museum and Conference Center was completed. However, since the completion of that project is undetermined (see related story, page 1A), Historical Society members decided to proceed with placing the monument.
"We were hoping to get the museum and then the monument in place," Historical Society member Carla Crawford said. "We decided the museum was where it needed to be," she added.