Ken Curtis “Festus” Memorial

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This life-size statue of Ken Curtis shows him exactly as he was in "Gunsmoke," playing the role of Festus. Curtis was born in Colorado, but made his way out to California when he decided to pursue a career in music. He landed the job of Festus in 1962 and played the role for the next 11 years. In his last years he resided in Clovis, the home of his memorial statue. Although he died in Fresno, his cremated remains were scattered in his birth state. (Submitted by Louise C)