We had a most unusual day today. We visited the town of Lucas, Kansas. There is so much to see there, we had to choose one of many unusual tours to start with, we chose the Garden of Eden. We have visited a LOT of towns and have seen a lot of places, but this one is the MOST unusual. Please read all of the paste below about this unusual man.
Lucas, Kansas was designated the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas" by Governor Graves in 1996. The Lucas community of only 460 people offers so many interesting attractions, it feels like you are visiting a huge community. The first thing you see when you arrive is a huge painted souvenir travel plate known as the world's largest. It just keeps going with more and more grassroot art attractions afterwards.
I am pasting information from the website for you to read about the Garden of Eden:
Samuel Perry Dinsmoor (1843–1932) was an United States teacher and eccentric sculptor from Lucas, Kansas. Dinsmoor served in the Civil War and then taught school in Kansas. When he retired in 1905 he began a second career as a sculptor.
Dinsmoor first built and moved into the "log cabin" on the lot he named the Garden of Eden. The cabin is a ten room house and the logs are sculptured and painted limestone. He then designed his landscape and spent the rest of his life creating the garden which contains over 200 concrete sculptures. The sculptures and design of the house reflect Dinsmoor's belief in the Populist movement and his religious convictions.
The final resting place for Dinsmoor and his wife are inside the mausoleum in one corner of the lot. As part of the tour you are allowed to view Dinsmoor in his concrete coffin sealed behind a glass wall. Inside the mausoleum is also a clever double exposed photo of a live Dinsmoor viewing his deceased body inside the coffin. The garden is open to the public and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Pictures are not allowed inside the mausoleum, I would not want them anyway. :-) I did capture as many as I could of the unusual creations outside. I am not even going to try to title them, I will just add and you can decide what they are.
I am also adding a few pictures of some of the other places in town with more unusual art plus a cool Czech market. Brant's Meat Market features homemade Czech bologna, sausages and other fine fresh meats. The market has been operating for 83 years, over 70 years with the same family.
We hope to have time to make it back to this incredible town before leaving. Check back later for more from Kansas.