Mister Edâ€™s Final Resting Place Sold
Wednesday, April 11th 2007, 5:00 pm
News On 6
There is a famous television star from the 1960's buried down in Tahlequah, it's the talking horse Mister Ed. He was buried there in 1979 and in 1990 a Tulsa radio station raised money for a grave marker. The News On 6â€™s Rick Wells reports the new property owner hopes to develop the land around the grave marker.
â€œMister Edâ€ was a successful sitcom that premiered in 1961, and is still on the air on cable today.
"The 16-acres behind me is where he finished his days," said property owner Todd Carroll.
Todd Carroll and his wife bought the land in Tahlequah about eight months ago, Todd says he was probably the only guy in town who didn't know Mister Ed was buried there.
"The reason we bought the property was to develop it,â€ Carroll said. â€œNot knowing it was here to begin with."
He says the place was pretty overgrown and someone had knocked over Mister Edâ€™s grave marker. He only found it when he was clearing the land.
In the summer of 1990 there was nothing but a wood cross to mark the site. The morning show disc jockeys from Z104.5 FM raised the money for a grave marker. Then, as it is now, thereâ€™s some question as to what horse is really buried in Tahlequah. Todd Carroll suspects it was probably Mister Ed's stand-in, or stunt double.
Mister Ed one or two does it really matter? Seventeen years ago Wilma Bussy was convinced.
"He had the most moveable lips,â€ she said. â€œHe would twist that mouth around you could just imagine seeing him talk."
At any rate the new development will feature eight homes on two acre lots with an entrance road running right past Mister Edâ€™s marker.
The Carrollâ€™s haven't picked a name for the development yet, maybe Ed Stone.
WEB EXCLISIVE: To see Rick Wells report from 1990 click here.