In 1873, Ohio Congressman James A. Garfield, later the 20th President of the United States, was honored by former citizens from his District by naming their town for him. In appreciation he gave a bell to the community for the first church to be erected in Garfield.

The Congregational Church built in 1875 was the recipient of the bell.

The Wayside Chapel is a memorial to the first Congregational Church with its cornerstone, and that historic bell.

The stone at the base of this marker is the original step to the first church.

Travelers on Highway 56 are invited to pause for prayer to God on life's journey.

Erected by Citizens and Friends of the Garfield Community 1966
This marker was donated to the memory of Florence C. Carpenter by the Carpenter family.
Historical marker on US-56 in Garfield

Pawnee County


May 28, 2003 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas /

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