Kansas September 22, 2016
The Friendliest Small Town In Kansas Where Everyone Knows Your Name
Small towns are notorious for being both kind and charming… so how do you choose one to be the friendliest of them all? When it comes to this tiny Kansas borough, it isn’t just the welcoming residents that drew us in, but also the unique culture that makes this small town the memorable place it is.
Nicknamed the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas," the Russell County town of Lucas is home to just under 400 of the friendliest folks in the state.
Originally established as the town of Blue Stem in 1877, the community was renamed Lucas 10 years later.
Though the town may be small in terms of population, it houses a surprising number of big attractions. Named "One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art," Lucas is home to notable galleries such as:
The Garden of Eden...
Built by Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor in 1907, the Garden of Eden is comprised of an old log cabin and 150 incredible three-story-tall concrete structures.
...Deeble Sculpture Garden (and Grassroots Art Center)...
The impressive Deeble Sculpture Garden features the work of Florence Deeble (who -- as a child -- watched Dinsmoor create his iconic masterpiece), while the neighboring Grassroots Art Center showcases the work of unknown and untrained local artists.
...and the always fun and quirky World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Museum.
The name says it all!
(Did we mention that this friendly town also has a pretty rad bathroom?)
The bathroom at the Bowl Plaza is so rad, in fact, that is was named the 2nd best restroom in the country!
After the friendly folks in Lucas send you on your way, be sure to hit the beautiful Post Rock Scenic Byway, which connects I-70 with K-18 via a series of rolling hills, historic stone fence posts, and colorful prairie.
For more of our favorite places, check out our
10 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Kansas!