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F.O.E. Ten Commandment Monuments in Kansas (5)

Great Bend, Kansas
No Photo Available

Donated by FOE:
June 1958

Current Location: Unknown. On March 18, 1971, heavy winds toppled the monument and it broke into two pieces. It was removed to an unknown location and subsequently disappeared.

Original Location: Barton County Courthouse

Scroll: “Presented To / The City Of Great Bend / And Barton County / By Great Bend Aerie No. 646 / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / 1958”



Junction City, Kansas
Junction City, Kansas
Screenshot: Google Maps street view June 2013

Donated by FOE: November 1958

Location: In front of the municipal building at 700 N. Jefferson, between W. 7th & W. 8th Streets.

Scroll: Unknown



Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas
Screenshot: Google Maps street view October 2012

Donated by FOE: November 1961

Current Location: Saint Mary’s-Saint Anthon’s Catholic Church, 615 N. 7th St.

Original Location: In front of Wyandotte County Courthouse

Scroll: “Presented To The City / Of Redondo Beach, Calif. / By / Redondo Aerie No. 935 / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / 1961”

History: In June of 2003, the monument was moved to a Catholic Church lawn 150 feet away from the Courthouse. The local board of commissioners voted 8-0 to move the monument after the ACLU threatened to sue the city if the monument remained. "At a time when we're trying to save money any way we can and lower taxes, it just seems to be a prudent decision to make," said Commissioner Kelley Kultala.



Lawrence, Kansas
Photo Not Available

Donated by FOE: October 1957

Current Location: O’Connell Youth Ranch, Lawrence, Kansas.

Original Location: Dedicated at the Topeka Municipal Auditorium.

Scroll: “Donated By / Fraternal Order / Of / Eagles / Topeka” inscribed on a metal plate. Not know what the original engraved dedication was (underneath the metal plate).



Manhattan, Kansas
Manhattan, Kansas
Manhattan Christian College
Screenshot: Google Maps street view June 2013
Manhattan, Kansas Donated by FOE: 1958

Current Location: Manhattan Christian College, 1415 Anderson Ave.

History: On April 27, 1999, the city “dumped” the monument behind Manhattan Aerie No. 2468 (312 S. 4th St.). Two years later, on May 4, 2001, the monument was rededicated at Manhattan Christian College.

Scroll: “Presented To The City Of / Manhattan Kansas / By / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / Aerie & Auxiliary No. 2468 / 1958”

Litigation: A lawsuit was filed on April 7, 1999. After the city removed the monument from public property (see History above), the case was dismissed.