Samuel Perry Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden
One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas
History excerpt from the website:
Samuel Perry Dinsmoor was born on March 8, 1843, in Ohio. He served in the Civil War as a nurse in the Union Army. After the war, Dinsmoor returned to Ohio and soon joined the Masonic Lodge. Joining this organization was a significant development in his philosophical outlook on life. He had grown up in a very religious home, but, like many who witnessed the inexplicable slaughter of the Civil War, began searching for other ways to understand humankind.
Inside the log cabin mausoleum is his glass topped coffin where you can view his embalmed body. As expected, no photos are allowed inside the mausoleum.
Outside of the mausoleum is a cement angel that will carry him to heaven, if that is God's will.
|Iola Daily Register 8/16/1927|
The booklet also states that his first wife is buried inside. Story has it he snuck into the cemetery and removed her body and placed inside the mausoleum, where he placed her in a steel vault and cemented it in.
|with his 2nd wife.|
|The Hutchinson News|
|Iola Daily Register|
|Iola Daily Register 1927|