Photo of bill signing from KODACHROME slide by Frances Kloefkorn of Caldwell, Kansas
(ABOUT THE ABOVE PHOTO) Kansas Governor John Carlin signs the famous Ornate Box Turtle bill (House Bill no. 3113) a few minutes
after "high noon" in the Caldwell High School gym as Mr. Larry Miller, his 6th grade students, Kansas Representative
Robert Miller (no relation to Larry Miller), and Kansas Senator Joe Warren watch. The bill signing was attended by several
hundred people from all parts of Kansas. It was covered by all three major television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS) as well as
several major newspapers and radio stations. Parts of the bill signing were transmitted around the world, and the students
heard from people as far away as Europe and Australia that saw the event on their evening news.
(ABOUT THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT) Cleta Baker, far left in the photo, shows one of her pet Ornate Box Turtles to visitors
from Topeka. Cleta owned and operated Cleta's Etc. Shop in Caldwell, Kansas for many years. She probably did more than anyone
else in the small southcentral Kansas town to promote Caldwell as the "ORNATE BOX TURTLE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD" before
her death in the late 1990's.
This very large wooden Ornate Box Turtle (right) was displayed in Cleta's store in Caldwell until her death. It was then
given to Larry Miller.
The two middle school students in the photo are shown waving at cars in front of
Mr. Miller's home in Wakarusa, Kansas a few days before the large turtle was dontated to Topeka Collegiate School. It is
now on permanent display on the south side of the middle school science building on the Topeka Collegiate campus.
|Click on this photo to go to EARTH DAY 2004 and
|view photos from a NORTHERN HILLS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL biology field trip to the Caldwell area.
(ABOUT THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT) A group of people pose for a group photo in a rocky area located south of Caldwell during April
of 1996. The group consisted of people from all parts of Kansas that had traveled to Caldwell that April to celebrate the
10th anniversary of the signing of the state reptile bill on 14 April 1986. Yes, the group did find an example of the official
state reptile of Kansas during their visit to THE ORNATE BOX TURTLE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!
Many people from across Kansas and around the world became involved with the campaign to have the Ornate Box Turtle named
the official state reptile of Kansas in 1986. You can learn more about some of these people and the organizations they are
associated with by following some of the links on Mr. Miller's main website. Just click on this text to get to the main site.
|Click on the photo of the Ornate Box Turtle to go
|to the KANSAS HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY website
There have been a number of postcards featuring the Ornate Box Turtle since April of 1986. The card at the right shows an
adult male Ornate Box Turtle as it trudges through some colorful Kansas wildflowers in search of food and a mate. The photo
was taken near the Wakarusa River in southern Shawnee County by Suzanne L. Miller of KANSAS HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY.
This postcard and hundreds of other colorful Kansas cards are available from THE KANSAS POSTCARD COMPANY in Minneapolis,
Two tourist pose for a picture on South Main Street in Caldwell, Kansas. Note the painting of an Ornate Box Turtle
on the building in the background. The painting was done by professional wildlife artist Martin B. Capron of Oxford, Kansas.
More information about the history of the Ornate Box Turtle in Caldwell, Kansas as well as information about
upcoming turtle related events and other events in Caldwell can be obtained by writing to:
ORNATE BOX TURTLE
CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
THE CITY OF CALDWELL
CALDWELL, KS 67022