Vandals Damage Kansas’ Highest Point

November 21, 2011

Wallace County authorities are investigating damage done to markers and signs at Mount Sunflower, the state’s highest point.

Sheriff Larry Townsend says someone caused extensive damage to the monument in early November, probably by using a flatbed truck.

The truck backed into and pulled apart a Mount Sunflower sign made of railroad spikes and broke a limestone sign in half, as well as damaging a fence and the visitor’s registration book.

The Hays Daily News reports that vandals did not damage a sign that recognizes Mount Sunflower as the highest point in Kansas, with an elevation of 4,039 feet. The rolling hill about a mile from the Colorado border draws between 700 and 1,200 visitors cars year.

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