From the archives: The Hiker memorial is installed in 1947

The Hiker memorial
The Hiker memorial The Kansas City Star

Originally published in The Kansas City Times, the morning edition of The Star, on Nov. 7, 1947

New Park Resident

The Hiker memorial, commemorating the men who served in the war with Spain, the Philippine insurrection and the China Relief expedition, was placed in position on its marble base yesterday afternoon at Twenty-eighth and Wyandotte streets in Penn Valley park just south of the Liberty Memorial mall. The bronze figure of a foot soldier, which is 8 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 1,200 pounds, was lifted into position by a derrick with a 40-foot boom The statue will be dedicated in a program at 2 o'clock Sunday and will be unveiled by the United Spanish War veterans. Plans for the statue began one and one-half years ago. The figure and base cost $7,000.