Kansas is more than just the other state with a city named Manhattan. Kansas is a mecca of American Roadside wonders. Some of “World’s Largest” things call the state of Kansas home. There is the World’s Largest Hand-Dug Well, located in Greensburg, Kansas. Goodland, Kansas has one of the biggest Van Gogh reproductions in the world; its part of a world wide project called the Big Easel. However, the most famous “World’s Largest” thing has to be the ball of twine. Yes there really is a World’s Largest Ball of Twine! It’s located in Cawker, Kansas and has been in the making since 1953. After the death of Frank Stoeber, the man who started the ball, the city took over the project and has kept it going. In an effort to kept its title as the World’s Largest Ball of Twine the city of Cawker holds a twine-a-thon each August. The celebration also includes a parade and town picnic.
Some of the other roadside attractions found in the Great State of Kansas include the Zoo at Rolling Hills in Salina, Kansas, which sits on 145 acres of pristine Kansas prairie. The zoo is home to more than 80 species of animal, all housed in naturalistic environments. The Garden of Eden, which is a “log” cabin and garden sculpture museum made entirely of concrete. This Kansas wonder, is the creation of a 64-year old Civil War veteran and retired school teacher. Built in 1907, the house and grounds are now listed on the National Historic Places Registry. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum are found in the city of Abilene, Kansas, which is also the birth place and resting place of the 34th President of the United States.
This is just a small portion of the amazing sites that can be found in Kansas. Anyone looking for an “All-American” vacation should consider spending a week or more driving through Kansas, because there is nothing more American than quirky roadside attractions.