Famed publisher William Allen White wrote in 1922, “Things start in Emporia that finish in history.” He couldn’t have been more right. The roots of Emporia are the roots of the state, and of the country.
SAGE OF EMPORIA
Voted as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas People, William Allen White (1868-1944) created a newspaper that brought Emporia national attention. Explore his life and his impact around town. Start your day at Red Rocks State Historic Site (927 Exchange St.).
RED ROCKS STATE HISTORIC SITE The home of William Allen White is known for its famous guests, including five U.S. Presidents. Furnishings and memorabilia portray the world travels and writings of White and his son, William Lindsay, both nationally prominent writers and journalists. (927 Exchange St.)
WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE BUST & MEMORIAL This bust of William Allen White (SE of lake at S. Rural St. & Randolph Ave.), dedicated in 1950 by President Herbert Hoover, includes White’s moving essay “Mary White” in remembrance of his daughter who was killed in a horseback riding accident.
WILLIAM LINDSAY WHITE MEMORIAL This bust of William Lindsay White (1900‑1973) (6th Ave. & Merchant St., in White Memorial Park), author and son of William Allen White, includes selections of writings by the two men.
YES, GUNNY! Emporia is the birthplace of actor R. Lee Ermey. He is best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best
OLD SCHOOL COOL
As the birthplace of Maud Wagner, the first
Marine and Vietnam
known female tattoo artist, Emporia has been on the forefront of culture since the beginning.
Ermey was a former Veteran.
Maud’s legacy is being kept alive at Maud’s Tattoo Company (720 Commercial St.) and she is being honored by having a wine named for her at Twin Rivers Winery (627 Commercial St.).