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Garden of Eden, Lucas

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#9 of 60 in Historic Sites in Kansas
Must see · Historic Site · Landmark
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Civil War veteran Samuel P. Dinsmoor built this visionary art environment, a stone log cabin surrounded by three-story concrete sculptures. His political views take the form of dimensional tableus, a sort of 3D political cartoon, reflecting his Populist Party leanings and Masonic background. Built from 1905 through the 1930s, this National Register of Historic Places site is nationally recognized example of vernacular art and architecture.
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  • I was really surprised to see how much work this man put into the house and the sculptures throughout the property. He had even put spikes on top of the walls and we were told that locals... 
    I was really surprised to see how much work this man put into the house and the sculptures throughout the property. He had even put spikes on top of the walls and we were told that locals...  more »
  • This was by far one of the most bizarre stories and I loved it! He was a man well ahead of his time and so talented. Get the guided tour so you can hear all the stories and ask questions. Every turn.....  more
    This was by far one of the most bizarre stories and I loved it! He was a man well ahead of his time and so talented. Get the guided tour so you can hear all the stories and ask questions. Every turn.....  more »
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  • A bucket list item finally achieved! Great tour. Nice people. Visionary art. I’ve w been wanting to visit here since I received a gift of a book about this place nearly 50 years ago. Looks pretty much like the photographs taken back then. Well preserved and well maintained. Note- if architectural “follies” are not your thing you may enjoy it only slightly less than I.
  • If nothing else, this place provokes strong opinions. For that reason alone, it is worth visiting to form your own, rather than adopting someone else's. I'm not sure it is enough to justify a trip on its own, but it is a great example of the roadside kitsch that used to make up a big part of the American travel experience. Combined with the other attractions around Lucas, Cawker City, Wilson, and Lebanon, it is worth a day trip or, if you have the time, a one-day stop as you travel through. That is, if you are in to that kind of thing. I asked my 15-year old daughter what her favorite part of our trip was. Her reply: "The dead body."

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