Eagle Scout project puts Prairie Village cemetery’s history at fingertips

Logan Bennion at the Highland Cemetery in Prairie Village’s Countryside East neighborhood.

A small Prairie Village cemetery which dates to the 19th Century is easier to navigate thanks to an Eagle Scout project using 21st Century technology.

SM East freshman Logan Bennion focused his project on the Highland Cemetery, which is tucked into the Countryside East neighborhood off Hodges and contains the remains of nearly 30 members of the Nall family, a familiar name for anyone traveling eastern Johnson County.

Logan’s technology touch created QR codes that a visitor to the cemetery can scan on a smart phone to find both a list of current residents of the cemetery, often with birth and death dates, and a plot map of the cemetery. The map shows plot numbers and Logan placed almost 20 metal corner markers in the ground to identify plot corners. More importantly, his markers show pathways through the cemetery that were difficult to determine.

Besides the technology twist and the markers, Logan enlisted other members of his troop, Troop 1007, to help clear brush and debris from the cemetery. Even a couple of neighbors joined the effort at sprucing up the grounds. A history of the cemetery and burials can be found here. Asher Langworthy is the Highland Cemetery Sexton.