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  • Atomic Cannon

    Atomic Cannon

    Junction City, Kansas

    The Atomic Cannon was built to fire a nuclear shell far enough to vaporize an enemy without vaporizing itself. Park currently closed for renovations, but hilltop cannon can be seen from the parking lot.

  • World's Largest Ball of Twine

    World's Largest Ball of Twine

    Cawker City, Kansas

    The late Frank Stoeber's giant twine ball continues to grow, added to by visitors with the help of Cawker City residents.

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  • The Garden of Eden

    The Garden of Eden

    Lucas, Kansas

    Weird home of folk art and political statements; the late Sam Dinsmoor can be viewed in the back yard.

  • Grassroots Art Center

    Grassroots Art Center

    Lucas, Kansas

    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.

  • Famous Gunfighters Wax Museum

    Famous Gunfighters Wax Museum

    Dodge City, Kansas

    Wax versions of villains and lawmen from the Wild West along with the Wolfman, Dracula, LBJ and JFK. Unchanged since the mid-1960s.

  • Strataca: Underground Salt Museum

    Strataca: Underground Salt Museum

    Hutchinson, Kansas

    Museum transports visitors 65 stories below ground to tour vast salt galleries.

  • Cosmosphere

    Cosmosphere

    Hutchinson, Kansas

    Second only to The Smithsonian in space artifacts -- see Cosmonaut cast-offs, Nazi ballistics, and American moon diapers.

  • Dorothy's House and Land of Oz

    Dorothy's House and Land of Oz

    Liberal, Kansas

    Real-life Dorothys give tours. Plot points of the film are colorfully recreated and midget Munchkin mannequins are everywhere.

  • Johnny Kaw, Bigger Than Bunyan

    Johnny Kaw, Bigger Than Bunyan

    Manhattan, Kansas

    Instead of chopping trees, giant Johnny mows down acres of wheat with his super scythe.

  • Political Art of M.T. Liggett

    Political Art of M.T. Liggett

    Mullinville, Kansas

    Sculptures blown by the winds of politics, this Kansas man's viewpoint is writ in metal and bile. But he's not mad.

  • Subterra Castle: Missile Silo Home

    Subterra Castle: Missile Silo Home

    Shawnee County, Kansas

    Defunct nuclear missile complexes are 20th century castles, according to the 21st century couple who live in this one.

  • Truckhenge

    Truckhenge

    Topeka, Kansas

    A distorted Stonehenge, but also a playful poke at bureaucrats.

  • Evel Knievel Museum

    Evel Knievel Museum

    Topeka, Kansas

    World's largest collection of Evelabilia. See the iconic Skycycle X-2, and a display of Evel's x-rays.

  • Climb the Statehouse Dome

    Climb the Statehouse Dome

    Topeka, Kansas

    Climb nearly 300 stairs to the cupola of the Kansas Capitol dome, the second tallest in the U.S. Dizzying, occasionally scary, and memorable.

  • Oz Museum

    Oz Museum

    Wamego, Kansas

    Thousands of Wizard of Oz artifacts help cement the everlasting association of over-the-rainbow and Kansas.

  • Big Brutus

    Big Brutus

    West Mineral, Kansas

    Big Brutus, a humongous earth mover, stands where it died and is now a tourist attraction.

  • Dalton Defenders Museum

    Dalton Defenders Museum

    Coffeyville, Kansas

    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.

  • Dalton Death Sidewalk

    Dalton Death Sidewalk

    Coffeyville, Kansas

    Unique sidewalk photo-op of four dead Dalton Gang members. Lie next to them and pretend to be a gunned-down Wild West bank robber.

  • He Killed Lincoln's Killer, Then Lived In A Hole

    He Killed Lincoln's Killer, Then Lived In A Hole

    Concordia, Kansas

    Soldier Boston Corbett shot John Wilkes Booth. Later, this hole was his home.

  • That

    That "Grow a Beard, Abe!" Town

    Delphos, Kansas

    Abe Lincoln's insistent Grow-a-Beard girl lived here, but Delphos has greater claims to fame...

  • Boot Hill and Museum

    Boot Hill and Museum

    Dodge City, Kansas

    Museum at famous Wild West town boneyard shows off its guns, buffalo, Indians, and outlaws. Summer daily gunfights.

  • La Salsa Muffler Man

    La Salsa Muffler Man

    Dodge City, Kansas

    Commissioned by movie star Dennis Hopper, La Salsa Man was a customized, caricatured Mexican based on a California Muffler Man.

  • World's Largest Easel

    World's Largest Easel

    Goodland, Kansas

    A giant replica painting on a giant steel easel -- Van Gogh sunflowers for the Sunflower State.

  • The Big Well

    The Big Well

    Greensburg, Kansas

    World's Largest Hand-Dug Well, the World's Largest Pallasite Meteorite, and a museum about Greensburg's destruction in a 2007 mega-tornado.

  • Valeda The Talking Transparent Woman

    Valeda The Talking Transparent Woman

    Halstead, Kansas

    A life-size see-through plastic model explains her anatomy and the mysteries of life.

  • World's First Batwing Gas Station

    World's First Batwing Gas Station

    Haysville, Kansas

    Built in 1954, restored in 2007. Looks as extreme and futuristic as the day it opened, although you can't buy gas there any more.

  • Folk Art Headstones of Hoisington

    Folk Art Headstones of Hoisington

    Hoisington, Kansas

    Inspired by unmarked graves in his hometown cemetery, folk artist Phil Webb has given the forgotten dead their own colorful sculpture-tombstones.

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