Klondike Kate memorial sculpture planned for central Oregon

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A central Oregon historical museum is asking the public to comment on proposed designs for a Klondike Kate memorial sculpture.

The Bulletin reports that the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend will have the designs available April 7 to April 28.

The proposed designs for the $12,000 project are from three artists from Washington state and another from Oregon for a sculpture using material from Klondike Kate’s rock collection.

Klondike Kate was the stage name for Kathleen Rockwell, who gained fame as a vaudeville singer and dancer during the Klondike Gold Rush.

She moved to Bend in 1917 where her dance-hall past prevented her from interacting with respectable society.

The museum says the memorial on museum property will be a celebration of the creative and independent women of Deschutes County.