Harvey County dedicates memorial for indigent people

A Kansas county has dedicated a new memorial that honors the homeless people who died there.

The memorial along the Osage Nature Trail was dedicated recently to remember homeless and indigent people who died in Harvey County and whose remains were never claimed.  The county has buried their ashes at the site.

The memorial includes a large engraved stone on a concrete pedestal, with concrete benches on either side.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton told The Hutchinson News (http://j.mp/2acLQXs) that when someone dies and no one claims their remains, the county has the remains cremated. It had been storing the remains with his department’s archives.

Walton found that inappropriate, so he got to work developing the memorial, which was paid for without public money.

Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com.