& Memorial Park Cemetery
Page 1 of Oak Hill Cemetery tour
The next stop on the Oak Hill Cemetery tour is along the roadway in section 10. John P. Usher (1816-1889) was President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of Interior from 1863 to 1865. The Usher family vault emerges from a low hillside. Is is made of limestone and has a neo-classical front with an opening framed by gray granite columns.
Next on the Oak Hill Cemetery tour is the grave of George Nash Walker (1872-1911), a turn of the century vaudeville entertainer. I was unable to locate the modest individual marker, but its location may be incorrectly marked on the map. If you locate it, please let me no exactly where it was.
Near George Walker's burial are three hand made grave markers with shells imbedded in there tops. They are not where they shown on the map, but just a little farther east, across the roadway.
Rounding the roadway to the west, you will see a Spanish American War Memorial erected by Company H of the 20th Kansas Infantry, Eight Army Corps.
The final stop on the Lawrence Oak Hill Cemetery Tour is one dear to lovers of college Basketball. Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen. Phog Allen is known as the "Father of Basketball Coaching." His career college basketball record was 746-264. During his 39 seasons as the head coach of the University of Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program, his teams won 24 conference championships and three national titles. His 590 wins are the most of any coach in history of the KU basketball program.
Lawrence Memorial Park is across the street, just south of Oak Park Cemetery. Its most famous burial is that of James Naismith, the inventor of the sport of basketball and often credited with introducing the first football helmet. He wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program.
James Naismith Memorial in Lawrence Memorial Park, just south of Oak Park Cemetery
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