Way out in western Kansas, about 16 miles north of Interstate 70, on the Post Rock Scenic Byway, is Lucas Kansas. Home of the Garden of Eden. The creation of S.P. Dinsmoor, who began this endeavor at the age of 64 in 1907.
Outsider art at it's finest. A great example of someone who loved what they were doing and didn't try to limit himself in any way.
For the small sum of $8.00 you can have a guided tour, or just walk around by yourself and enjoy this quirky artistic expression.
Please don't miss viewing Mr. Dinsmoor himself who is on display in his concrete coffin behind a glass wall. Apparently there was a crack in the glass a few years back which allowed some air in and he is decomposing. Still, he wanted to be displayed in this manner so I chose to participate.
Lucas is a hub of wacky artistic expression. Beginning as soon as you get off the highway and including the worlds largest souvenir travel plate.
As well as the worlds largest collection of the worlds smallest versions of the worlds largest things. I did not make this up.
The very best thing about Lucas Kansas though was meeting William. On Main street. Where he noticed me noticing the sign in the window of Brandt's Meat Market for homemade Bologna.
He informed me that they were open Monday through Friday, and yes, in fact the homemade bologna was ring bologna just like my friend Annette turned me on to when I was a young co-ed at Marymount College in Salina Kansas in 1979. He also made sure to tell me that their hamburger was very good, but not as good as the beef jerky. There is nothing I like better about going to a new place than meeting a friendly, knowledgeable, resident.
Clearly I will have to go back on a weekday for further exploring. I think he told me to bring my bike and he would take me on a tour of the whole town.