The First City of Kansas is steeped in history.

And some of it remains a mystery.

A Native American statue and cannon that for many years were located in Reilly Park on Second Avenue have gone missing.

Mary Ann Brown, a historian at the Leavenworth County Historical Society, said some reports indicate the iron cannon was melted down to aid in the war effort in World War II.

No one, she said, seems to know what has become of the Native American statue.

She said one rumor had it that the statue had been removed from the park and stored in the basement of Leavenworth City Hall. Another rumor had it that the statue was relocated to the basement of the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.

Both of those rumors, she said, turned out to be false.

“Where else could the statue be?” she said.

Brown said the historical society has several photos found in books written by former Leavenworth Times editor Johnny Johnston showing both the statue and the cannon in the park.

Another photo published in the Times shows the statue in front of the Arthur Simmons Cigar Store at 405 Delaware St. in the late 1880s.

If anyone has information about the statue or the cannon, visit the Carroll Mansion Museum, 1128 Fifth Ave., or call 913-682-7759.