Minneapolis, Kansas - Rock City is a five acre park which contains about 200 huge Dakota sandstone concretions. The spheres are up to 27 feet in diameter and you are encouraged to climb on them and do pretty much whatever you want. Rock City claims that there is no place else in the world with so many huge concretions.
Rock City is 3 1/2 miles south of Minneapolis off Highway 106. There is a small gift shop where Rock City, Inc., the local non-profit corporation that operates the park, collects a $3 fee. There is a bucket to leave money when the gift shop is closed.
Mushroom Rock State Park is a smaller collection of similar Dakota sandstone concretions. The rock beneath some of them has weathered so that a couple of them do look like mushrooms. Muschroom Rock State Park is a free attraction.
Rock City has been a popular attraction for generations. The following wonderful pictures were furnished to Kansas Travel by Sue (Elliott) Ramsey of Santa Barbara, CA. They were taken in the winter of 1900 and are probably of members of the the Babcock/Elliott families. Thanks so much, Sue!
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