Did Lydie Marland really destroy her statue?
The statue of Lydie originally stood on the north vista. It was visible from the breakfast room doors. When the monks removed the statue, it stayed in the crate next to Lydie’s cottage for several years. In the early 1950s, when she was preparing to leave town, she paid a man to take it away and destroy it. She died thinking he had followed those instructions. After her death in 1987 and after the death of the man she had paid to destroy the statue, the mansion received a letter from one of his family members. It said the man had not completely destroyed the statue. He hadn’t been able to bring himself to do that, so he buried it. After a long search, it was located. It was in pieces but was put back together and restored by a local monument company. Lydie’s statue now stands in the lobby of the mansion, alongside the statue of her brother George. Replicas now stand in the gardens where the originals were once located.

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1. Did there really used to be a Ponca City polo team?
2. How did the City of Ponca City come to own the Marland Mansion?
3. Did Lydie Marland really destroy her statue?