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Albert Elwood Shirling Sanctuary

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    Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park

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    1. Swope Park

    Location: SwopePark, south of west end of swinging bridge at the Lagoon in the Kansas City Zoo

    Designer: Unknown

    Dedicated: 1954

    Description:  A limestone monument with imbedded marble plaque 3 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 3 inches and two limestone walls projecting 10 feet each way outward from the sides.  A stone bench, located below the marble plaque, is part of the monument.

    Mr. Albert E. Shirling was an instructor of Biology in the Kansas CityHigh Schools and a naturalist.  The monument was located in this natural setting in memory of his work.  Inscribed on the marble plaque is the following:

    SHIRLING SANCTUARY

    This tract is preserved in its natural state in memory of

    ALBERT ELWOOD SHIRLING

    Teacher and Naturalist – 1875-1947.  Here among the trees, flowers, and wild creatures of this woodland, he inspired an appreciation of nature, unspoiled and undisturbed.

    Dedicated 1954

    Burroughs Nature Club

     

     

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