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Instead of chopping trees, giant Johnny mows down acres of wheat with his super scythe.
Weird home of folk art and political statements; the late Sam Dinsmoor can be viewed in the back yard.
Thousands of Wizard of Oz artifacts help cement the everlasting association of over-the-rainbow and Kansas.
Dodge City, Kansas
Commissioned by movie star Dennis Hopper, La Salsa Man is a customized caricatured Mexican based on a California Muffler Man. Donated to Dodge City in 2010, finally erected in 2016.
Dodge City, Kansas
Wax versions of notorious villains and lawmen from the wild west -- Jesse James, Wyatt Earp -- along with the Wolfman, Dracula, LBJ and JFK. Unchanged since the mid-1960s.
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Cawker City, Kansas
The late Frank Stoeber's giant twine ball continues to grow under the supervision of Cawker City residents.
The "visionary" artists of the U.S. have their own space in Lucas, with sculptures made from aluminum can pull-tabs and portraits made from wads of chewing gum.
Museum transports visitors 65 stories below ground to tour vast salt galleries.
Second only to The Smithsonian in space artifacts -- see Cosmonaut cast-offs, Nazi ballistics, and American moon diapers.
Junction City, Kansas
The Atomic Cannon was designed to fire a nuclear shell far enough so that it would destroy an enemy without incinerating itself. Park currently closed for security reasons; it may reopen later in 2015.
Real-life Dorothys give tours. Plot points of the film are colorfully recreated and midget Munchkin mannequins are everywhere.
Sculptures blown by the winds of politics, this Kansas man's viewpoint is writ in metal and bile. But he's not mad.
Shawnee County, Kansas
Defunct nuclear missile complexes are 20th century castles, according to the 21st century couple who live in this one.
A distorted Stonehenge, but also a playful poke at bureaucrats.
West Mineral, Kansas
Big Brutus, a humongous earth mover, stands where it died and is now a tourist attraction.
Coffeyville remembers the day that the Dalton Gang rode into town to rob two banks, and got shot full of holes by an irate citizenry.
Soldier Boston Corbett shot John Wilkes Booth. Later, this hole was his home.
Abe Lincoln's insistent Grow-a-Beard girl lived here, but Delphos has greater claims to fame...
A giant replica painting on a giant steel easel -- Van Gogh sunflowers for the Sunflower State.
Two unrelated attractions under one roof -- until the roof blew away in a 2007 tornado. But the big hole and the space rock survived.
A life-size see-through plastic model explains her anatomy and the mysteries of life.
Comanche was the last U.S. Army survivor of Custer's Last Stand. He was the most famous horse in America, even after was dead and stuffed.
60 tons, stands on a hilltop. A personal monument to the American buffalo that was built by Ray Omar Smith, far from the normal tourist routes.
A strange field of strange boulders -- 200 sandstone concretions -- and a popular stop to wear out children.
Take a photo of Pratt's famous "Hot" and "Cold" water towers, then see a historical exhibit on Pratt's heritage of beauty queens.
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- Belleville: Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings [tips]
- Bonner Springs: Truman's Plow, Agricultural Hall of Fame [tips]
- Cawker City: World's Largest Ball of Twine
- Coffeyville: Dalton Defenders Museum
- Coffeyville: Dalton Death Alley
- Collyer: Castle Rock [tips]
- Concordia: Nazi POW Camp
- Concordia: He Killed Lincoln's Killer, Then Lived In A Hole
- Delphos: That Grow a Beard Abe! Town
- Dodge City: Famous Gunfighters Wax Museum
- Dodge City: Boot Hill Museum [tips]
- Dodge City: La Salsa Muffler Man
- Elkhart: Tower where Three States Meet [tips]
- Ellinwood: The Underground [tips]
- Erie: Erie Dinosaur Park [tips]
- Garden City: World's Largest Hairball [tips]
- Goessel: Liberty Bell Made of Wheat
- Goodland: World's Largest Easel
- Great Bend: Inventor of the Microchip Monument
- Greensburg: World's Largest Hand-Dug Well and Meteorite
- Grinnell: Monument Rocks [tips]
- Halstead: Valeda The Talking Transparent Woman
- Hiawatha: The Strange Grave of John Milburn Davis
- Howard: Hubble's Rubble [tips]
- Hutchinson: Strataca: Underground Salt Museum
- Hutchinson: Cosmosphere
- Junction City: Atomic Cannon
- Kingman: Yard Art of Glenn Stark [tips]
- Kinsley: Midway USA [tips]
- Lacrosse: Kansas Barbed Wired Museum [tips]
- Lawrence: Comanche, Little Bighorn Survivor
- Lawrence: Fifty-Foot-Tall Concrete Teepee
- Lawrence: Museum of the Odd
- Lebanon: Geographical Center of the 48 States [tips]
- Liberal: Dorothy's House and Land of Oz
- Lindsborg: Coronado Heights WPA Castle [tips]
- Longford: The Smithalo
- Lucas: The Garden of Eden
- Lucas: World's Largest Collection of World's Smallest Versions of World's Largest...
- Lucas: Grassroots Art Center
- Lucas: Bowl Plaza: World's Most Artsy Public Toilets [tips]
- Manhattan: Johnny Kaw, Bigger Than Bunyan
- McPherson: Happy Chef - Chimney Sweep [tips]
- Meade: Dalton Gang Hideout - Secret Escape Tunnel
- Minneapolis: Rock City
- Mullinville: Political Art of M.T. Liggett
- Oakley: Buffalo Bill Kill Statue [tips]
- Pratt: Home of Beautiful Women, Hot and Cold Water Towers
- Rose Hill: Jurassic Art: Welded Dinosaurs [tips]
- Shawnee County: Subterra Castle: Missile Silo Home
- Topeka: Truckhenge
- Topeka: Locally-Famous Big Wren Statue [tips]
- Wamego: Oz Museum
- Wamego: Old Dutch Windmill [tips]
- West Mineral: Big Brutus
- Wichita: Muffler Man [tips]
- Wichita: Museum of World Treasures
- Wichita: Early Civil Rights Sit-In Lunch Counter [tips]
- Wichita: Big Indian Surrounded by Ring of Fire [tips]
- Wichita: Giant Creatures Rolling Hay [tips]
- Wichita: Steampunk Folk Artist in a Subdivision [tips]
- Wilson: Worlds Largest Hand-Painted Czech Egg [tips]