City Cemetery - Hoisington, Kansas
At least twelve previously unmarked graves in City Cemetery in Hoisington, Kansas are now marked with hand crafted folk art concrete and wire gravestones which were created by local grassroots artist, Phil Webb.
Phil's mission began in 2008 when he learned that Creola Paxton who died in 1947 was buried in an unmarked grave. He found her name fascinating and did some research, learning the she loved to sew. Phil is a primarily self taught artist who was already making reinforced concrete sculptures for his yard and he created a unique marker to place upon her grave. Over time he created markers for unmarked graves of infants, veterans and others. The family of one of his friends asked him to create the headstone for his grave.
We located eleven of Phil Webb's gravestones, all of them were in the north half of the 15 acre cemetery and the unique painted figures on all but one of them made them easy to find.
Phil also does his part for those who care about the other graves in Hoisington's cemetery, adding memorials and hundreds of photos of graves to the Find A Grave web site.
copyright 2018 by Keith Stokes