US Highway 18 in Central Kansas
If you enjoy folk art, you should make a point of visiting
Kansas. It was designated the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas" by
Governor Graves in 1996. The Lucas community of only 460 people offers
more interesting attractions than communities many times larger. All within
easy walking distance.
Just 15 miles north of I-70 along the the beautiful Post
Rock Scenic Byway (Kansas Highway 232). The photo of Wilson Lake on the
home page of Kansas Travel was taken along the Byway.
I think that Lucas, Kansas is one of the neatest little
communities that you will find anywhere. If you haven't visited Lucas,
you haven't seen Kansas.
|Brant's Meat Market
features fine fresh meats as well as dry cured bacon, beef jerky, homemade
Czech bologna, and wonderful smoked link sausages. The market has been
operating for 83 years, over 70 of those years by the same family.
|Flying Pig Studio & Gallery,
owned by the late artist Eric Abraham, moved to Lucas in 2004. The whimsical,
fine porcelain studio occupies an older limestone building that was first
a farm implement store and then an automobile dealership.
|Florence Deeble began constructing her Rock
Garden using rocks brought back from her travels and recreating
scenes from her travels when she was 50 years old and continued nearly
|S. P. Dinsmoor was a a retired schoolteacher and Civil
War veteran who moved to Lucas, Kansas in 1891. During most of the remaining
31 years of his life, he created a unforgettable legacy known as the Garden
|The Garden of Isis features
5 rooms of Mri-Pilar's bizare art made from doll bodies, toys, kitchen
utensils and other recycled materials.
|The Grassroots Art Center
in Lucas promotes self taught artists from around the state of Kansas,
with an emphasis on the folk artists who did most of their work in Lucas.
The Center occupies three late 18th Century buildings downtown Lucas.
Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest
Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. Although it is
best enjoyed while on the road, it can be viewed at its home in Lucas the
rest of the year.
|A. Garden of Eden
B. World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest
Versions of the World's Largest
C. Grassroots' Art Center
D. Flying Pig Gallery & Brant's Meat Market
E. Florence Deeble’s Rock Garden & Garden
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