Local group looking to restore gravestones of Bat Masterson’s relatives

Before running the Wild West, Bat Masterson grew up just north of Wichita. While Bat was laid to rest in New York City, a lot of his immediate family stayed in the area and are buried in Highland Cemetery off of Hillside and 9th in Wichita.

“Well, when I found the stones, they’re in very, very bad shape. They’re sunken. They’re in need of cleaning,” said Barbara Myers of Friends of the Wichita Pioneers. “They’re in need of attention and you know bringing them out of the dirt so we can give the family the respect that’s due to everyone at that cemetery.”

Contacting Masterson descendants before restoring the headstones isn’t just a matter of respect, but a requirement by the city.

(Read more: KWCH News)