Welcome to Kansas: Home to an abundance of wheat, incredible scenery, and some of the weirdest roadside attractions you will ever see… (Seriously though; doesn’t Kansas seem like it is the mecca of bizarre roadside attractions?) If you will be traveling through Kansas at any point this summer, make it a point to stop at one of these bizarre attractions:
1. Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett Dugout (Concordia)
Also known as "He Killed Lincoln's Killer, Then Lived In A Hole," this quirky Kansas attraction is just that; the man who killed John Wilkes Booth (Boston Corbett) dug a hole just outside of Concordia and lived in it until he was later committed... and all these years later, you can still see it for yourself!
2. Atomic Cannon (Junction City)
Due to security concerns, the large Atomic Cannon (nicknamed "Atomic Annie") is currently off-limits to the public... however, you can still catch a glimpse of this Cold War-era machinery while driving along I-70.
3. The Lessman Farm & Truckhenge (Topeka)
Kansas isn't just home to several roadside attractions; it is also the unofficial home to the grassroots art movement! See this quirky and unusual type of art for yourself at this intriguing (and politically incorrect) outdoor art exhibit. Speaking of politically incorrect...
4. M.T. Liggett's Political Sculptures (Mullinville)
...the welded metal signs created by folk sculptor and activist M.T. Liggett are never subtle, but always entertaining!
5. Giant van Gogh Painting (Goodland)
No time to stop into Goodland on your next road trip? No worries; you can still see the 24x32-foot Vincent van Gogh masterpiece from the Interstate! (Though if you want to take a selfie, we recommend pulling into town and not attempting to take one while you drive...)
6. Rock City (Minneapolis)
The name says it all: Rock City is a five-acre "city" that is comprised of 200 Dakota sandstone rocks that are thought to date back nearly 100 million years!
7. Museum of Odd (Lawrence)
Antique circus freak trading cards, 350 sock monkeys on a couch, Elvis's toe nail clippings... how on earth did they ever decide to call it the Museum of Odd?!
8. Wheat Liberty Bell (Goessel)
Housed inside the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum is a life-size wheat replica of the Liberty Bell that was both revealed and dedicated during the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial.
9. World's Largest Ball of Twine (Cawker City)
The iconic World's Largest Ball of Twine requires neither an introduction nor a caption...
10. Dorothy's House & Land of Oz (Liberal)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Dorothy's House & Land of Oz, which houses the 5,000-square-foot Land of Oz (consisting of colorfully remade film sets) as well as the Gale family's modest farmhouse.
11. The Big Well (Greensburg)
What better way to conclude a list of the most bizarre roadside attractions than by mentioning the World's Largest Hand Dug Well, which measures 109 feet deep and 32 feet wide (and was indeed dug by hand in 1887 as a way to provide water to the Santa Fe and Rock Island railroads.)