Mousie Cat points out that you can finally vote for the Eight Wonders of Kansas. It may be cheap promotional tourist nonsense, and you have to give them your email address, but it’s still a nice look at what makes Kansas unique. I don’t know why L. L. Dyche’s diorama in KU’s Natural History Museum didn’t make the cut, but the other selections are pretty good.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve & the Flint Hills: An astounding part of the natural and cultural heritage of Kansas and the nation.
Monument Rocks and Castle Rock: To my mind, less culturally significant, but an astoundingly beautiful landscape.
Garden of Eden: Folk Art at its finest. See the sculptures that made it famous, then pay your admission to tour the house and to hear the explanation of why the sculptor’s mummified remains are also on display.
Cheyenne Bottoms/Quivira National Wildlife Refuge: An important site for migrating waterbirds, and a great piece of natural history. Locals are justifiably proud of it, and birders come from all over to see the rare species that show up there.
Big Brutus: The world’s largest electric coal shovel. Now retired, it removed overburden from a pit mine for 11 years, and is now a museum.
Big Well: Until the tornado a few weeks ago, this giant hand-dug well put Greensburg on the map. Nitpickers point out that it is no longer the deepest hand-dug well, nor does it have the largest volume.
Cimarron National Grasslands: Yet another world-class natural area.
John Steuart Curry Murals: The murals include the iconic image of John Brown, a Biblical prophet fighting for a Free State and warning of a greater war to come.