The Scout

July 16, 2016


Location:  Penn Valley Park, W 31st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO


Owner:  KCMO Parks & Rec


Artist:  Cyrus E. Dallin


Dates:  Installed 1921, Dedicated 1922


Medium:  Bronze


The City of Fountains Foundation holds an endowment for this sculpture.



The Scout overlooks downtown Kansas City from his perch on top of a hill in Penn Valley Park.  It can be seen from nearby Interstate 35.  One of Kansas City's most iconic sculptures, it has become a symbol and mascot for Kansas City.


The Scout was dedicated in 1922 as a memorial to local Native American tribes and it depicts a Sioux scout on horseback.  Originally cast for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, it arrived in Kansas City as a temporary exhibition on its way back to the sculptor on the east coast.  Citizens were so delighted by the sculpture that they raised $15,000 for its purchase.


It is located north of the intersection above, north of the tennis courts and skateboard park.






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