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Piqua in Woodson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Buster Keaton's Birthplace

 
 
Buster Keaton's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2012
1. Buster Keaton's Birthplace Marker
Inscription.

Joseph F. "Buster" Keaton was born in Piqua, Kansas on October 4, 1895.

Buster's parents, Joseph and Myra Keaton, were appearing in a traveling medicine shop with a stock company on a bill which included the later famous magician Harry Houdini. According to the story Joseph later told interviewers, a cyclone struck Piqua and blew away the performance tent. When he returned to his boarding house after chasing around the countryside looking for the tent, he found his wife had given birth to their first child.

Buster Keaton made his first stage appearance when he was just 24 hours old in the Catholic Hall, which was serving as a substitute theater for the evening's performance. When he was five years old the family began touring vaudeville as "The Three Keatons."

In 1917, Keaton went to Hollywood to begin a career in movies that lasted until his death in February, 1966. Many of Buster Keaton's silent films are today recognized as classics of the genre. He starred in or directed more than 150 movies and was in 40 television shows. Keaton was know[n] as "the great stone face" because of his ability to maintain a serious demeanor while performing outrageous comedy routines.
 
Location. 37° 55.258′ N, 95° 32.255′ W. Marker
Buster Keaton's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2012
2. Buster Keaton's Birthplace Marker
Rural Water District 1 Office in background
is in Piqua, Kansas, in Woodson County. Marker is on Hill Street north of U.S. 54, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 South Hill Street, Piqua KS 66761, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Frederick Funston (approx. 6.7 miles away); Walter Johnson Birth Site (approx. 6.7 miles away); Town of Iola (approx. 6.8 miles away); McCook Post No. 51 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Boyhood Home of General Funston (approx. 7.2 miles away); Views of Madison Avenue (approx. 7.2 miles away); Major General Frederick Funston (approx. 7.2 miles away); South Washington Street Businesses (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is south of the Rural Water District 1 Office, which houses a Buster Keaton museum.
 
Also see . . .
1. The International Buster Keaton Society. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. About Buster Keaton. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Great Buster Keaton. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Buster Keaton at IMDb. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Image on Buster Keaton's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Image on Buster Keaton's Birthplace Marker
Part of the Buster Keaton Museum in Rural Water District 1 Office image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2012
4. Part of the Buster Keaton Museum in Rural Water District 1 Office
Part of the Buster Keaton Museum at Rural Water District 1 Office image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2012
5. Part of the Buster Keaton Museum at Rural Water District 1 Office
Buster Keaton Tile Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2012
6. Buster Keaton Tile Marker
In Buster Keaton Museum in Rural Water District 1 Office
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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