There are a lot of things local to the U.S. or just to the Midwest, but there’s not much we have that’s
just for Kansans. We do have some pretty cool things here, though, that other states haven’t even thought of. These nine things are just for the Sunflower state, and we’re proud to have them here and here only!
1. The world's largest easel!
In Goodland, Kansas, this piece of art stands at 80 feet tall, and weighs around 45,000 pounds.
2. The world's largest group of round sandstone concretions! (AKA Rock City)
You might have noticed I'm a bit obsessed with rocks, but these things are really cool to see in person. They're made by sandstone that was washed away, revealing these rounded boulders hiding inside! There's around 200 of these, which is the largest group in the world. They're in Minneapolis, Kansas, so consider a visit!
3. The world's largest hand-dug well!
In Greensburg, the largest hand dug well in the world is 32 feet in diameter and 109 feet deep. Can you even imagine the time that took without all the heavy machinery of today?
4. The world's biggest ball of twine!
In Cawker City, Kansas, this big cat toy is famous for its size. It was started in 1953, and every August, twine is added to its circumference during a twine-a-thon. It currently weighs around 20,000 pounds.
5. The world's longest grain elevator!
Though some think the longest grain elevator is in Hutch, the true longest one is Wichita's DeBruce elevator. It's 2,657 feet long, and holds in excess of 22.4 million bushels. That's a lot of bread!
6. The first Pizza Hut!
In 1958, two Wichita State University students opened this little hut for business, and it was later moved to the University's campus in 1984. That's a long time to serve slices!
7. The geographical center of the contiguous United States!
Not counting Hawai'i and Alaska, all 48 of our touching states have a center right by Lebanon, Kansas. It's a great place to stop by if you're ever in the area, and leaves you feeling, well, in the middle of everything.
8. The windiest city in America!
The windiest city in America sits right here in Kansas (no news to us, probably!) with an average wind speed of 14mph. At least they've got good conditions for kites!
9. The Keeper of the Plains!
Standing tall in Wichita, the Keeper is our shining glory. Though it's not the "largest" anything, it's definitely a fantastic piece of art that both enchants and educates those who tour its grounds. In addition to Riverside Park (right nearby) the Keeper has giant bonfires lit nightly, as well as history of local Native Americans who settled this land long before Europeans showed up.
What other Kansas attractions are unique to our state? Tell us which ones you’d love to visit!