Has anyone else noticed that Kansas is home to A LOT of memorable roadside attractions? Think about it; we have gigantic balls of twine, cities of rock, and, well…just check out this list of the 12 weirdest places in Kansas for yourself:
1. The Lessman Farm & Truckhenge (Topeka)
This bizarre grassroots art exhibit is a collection of antique trucks adorned with political quotes and cemented into the ground with 23 tons of concrete.
2. The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things (Lucas)
The name of this traveling roadside attraction makes me smile...I will follow this collection of the largest smallest things anywhere!
3. Rock City (Minneapolis)
This unique 5-acre "city" contains three different rock clusters and more than 200 spherical boulders.
4. The Big Well Museum & Visitors Center (Greensburg)
I bet you can't guess what this museum is all about! Wait... how did you know that this is the world's largest hand dug well (at 109 ft. deep x 32 ft. in diameter)?!
5. World’s Largest Easel (Goodland)
The gigantic Van Gogh "Sunflower" painting measures 32x24 feet and can be seen from I-70 (but you gotta stop to get a selfie)!
6. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum (La Crosse)
Back in my television reporter days, I visited the Barbed Wire Museum and its 2,400 barbed wire varieties and hundreds of antique fencing tools!
7. M.T. Liggett’s Political Sculptures (Mullinville)
Folk sculptor M. T. Liggett has painted and welded several works of art that challenge both politicians and residents of Kansas. Politically correct? No. Entertaining? Umm, yeah.
8. Garden of Eden (Lucas)
At first glance, the Garden of Eden looks like something you'd see in a horror movie...but once you begin exploring, you will discover some of the most intricate concrete folk art in the world.
9. Dorothy’s House & Land of Oz (Liberal)
Toto, I have a feeling we aren't in Kansas anymore...
10. Kansas Underground Salt Museum: Strataca (Hutchinson)
Fun Fact: There are 14 other salt mines in the U.S., but none of them are accessible to tourists. #itsgoodtobeinkansas
11. Museum of Odd (Lawrence)
I have only one question: WHY?!
12. World’s Largest Ball of Twine (Cawker City)
5,000 pounds of kitschy, photo worthy fun wrapped up in an 8-foot tall ball of twine!