The city of Topeka, Kansas, decided to memorialize notable figures in its history. That’s how it came to be earlier this month that a lifesize bronze statue of a Worcester industrialist was unveiled on the 700 block of South Kansas Avenue.
It speaks to the lasting legacy of Ichabod Washburn that the inaugural statue in the series is of a man who never set foot in Topeka.
Washburn, who died 147 years ago next week, is known in Worcester as the creator of Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Co., at one point the world’s largest wire mill, and one of the founders of the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science, now known as WPI.
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