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Lucas, Kansas – Journey To Grassroots Art Central

One of the key goals of Our Changing Lives is to showcase places that are often overlooked as potential destinations. Some are sites that are hidden gems inside of major cities. Others, like Lucas, Kansas, are smaller towns that hold some unique sights that are less known. While many people have never heard of this destination, we are hoping we can help spread the word about the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas". We would like to thank the Lucas Chamber of Commerce and all of the local businesses for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. First Impressions of Lucas, Kansas Lucas is about [...]

By |2019-12-06T07:36:10-06:00January 2nd, 2019|Guides, Kansas, Lucas|4 Comments

Garden Of Eden – The Vision of S.P. Dinsmoor

We are pretty sure that most of you have heard of the Garden of Eden, but did you know there is one in Lucas, Kansas? When we first found out about this uniquely Kansas attraction, we knew a visit was in store. Samuel Dinsmoor, the creator of this site, built his masterpiece at an age when most people are resigned to rest. While there were varying opinions of the man from local townspeople, his accomplishment definitely helped to put Lucas on the tourism map. We would like to thank the Lucas Chamber of Commerce and Garden of Eden for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our [...]

By |2018-12-26T09:43:50-06:00December 26th, 2018|Kansas, Lucas|20 Comments

Taking Bathroom Selfies To Another Level At Bowl Plaza

"I have to go to the bathroom!" It's amazing the amount of dread that these seven words can create in a parent. How many road trips are interrupted in a mad pursuit of an acceptably clean public restroom? In Lucas, Kansas, the influx of tourists wanting to view the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas" created the need to build a public restroom facility. Not ones to do things on a regular level, the artistic forces of this Central Kansas town constructed Bowl Plaza. This "Bathroom with Bling" would end up becoming a landmark all on its own. We would like to thank the Lucas [...]

By |2018-12-19T07:37:02-06:00December 19th, 2018|Kansas, Lucas|0 Comments

A Look Inside The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things

We are betting that many of you have heard of the TV show Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations, which airs on public television. The dynamic trio searches out unique sights across the nation, but in Lucas, Kansas we found a collection that was the subject of one of their stops. At The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum we would enjoy a most unusual visit. Having started our morning with an oversize meal, we were certainly on the path to a record setting day. (More on that later in the article!) We would like [...]

By |2018-12-19T07:38:30-06:00December 12th, 2018|Kansas, Lucas|0 Comments

Grassroots Art Center Draws The Folk To Folk Art

Our first knowledge of Lucas revolved around how artsy this Central Kansas town is known to be. With only this in mind, we began planning our visit. A "must see" we discovered is the Grassroots Art Center, which is located on Main Street. Opened in 1999, this unique attraction occupies the space of three historic native limestone buildings. We would like to thank the Lucas Chamber of Commerce and the Grassroots Art Center for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Unexpected Bonus During a whirlwind day of artistic pursuit, we found our way to the main drag in Lucas. One of our [...]

By |2018-12-05T07:30:55-06:00December 5th, 2018|Kansas, Lucas|12 Comments

Abilene, Kansas – Presidents, Residents, and Plenty Of Chicken

We enjoy visiting destinations that can be reached in just a couple of hours. Living in the Midwest, we tend to space our cities a little farther apart than what is found on the coasts. Fortunately, the miles between them are filled with some beautiful landscape. Abilene, Kansas makes a perfect day trip from the Kansas City area, but on our visit, we spent the night. This allowed us to add a couple more stops to our itinerary. Being the northern end of the Chisholm Trail meant that the rowdy and rambunctious cowboys couldn't wait to arrive. Much like them, we were ready [...]

By |2020-05-30T07:08:38-06:00September 5th, 2018|Abilene, Daytrips, Destinations, Guides, Kansas|8 Comments

War and Peace – Eisenhower Presidential Library

Our trip to Abilene, Kansas would not be complete without a visit to the site that honors one of the most famous Kansans. The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Boyhood Home is a top destination for travelers from all over the country and world. They come to Abilene to pay homage and learn more about the man who served as the 34th President of the United States. We want to thank the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Abilene Visitors Bureau for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. Exploring The Grounds We arrived at opening time and made our way to the Visitors Center. After getting our [...]

By |2018-11-22T05:55:32-06:00August 29th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|0 Comments

Cowboys, Calls, and Carousels – Dickinson Heritage Center

On a warm summer day we rolled into Abilene, Kansas. We arrived from the south, much like the cattle drives of old. The first destination on our itinerary was the Dickinson Heritage Center. This multi-subject museum is a good spot to learn the background of the area, as well as some extra informational tidbits. The museum is located in a section of the city that has a collection of historical sites and specialty museums. It was nice to find that many of the places we would be touring were all within walking distance of each other. The Dickinson Heritage Center begins with a [...]

By |2018-11-22T05:55:55-06:00August 15th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|0 Comments

The Quick and The Dead – Old Abilene Town

There is something engrossing about seeing history come to life. At Old Abilene Town visitors have the chance to witness this happen each weekend during the summer. This place is family-friendly and includes a mix of static museum-style displays with interactive activities. We dropped in on them on a Saturday afternoon and found that they even had a concession truck available for those needing a snack. The Town Our arrival was made in time to give us the leisure of walking around the town before the afternoon performance was scheduled to begin. The buildings are laid out like an old street, but there [...]

By |2022-04-14T04:23:47-06:00August 8th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|9 Comments

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner At Brookville Hotel

Abilene, Kansas held a few unexpected surprises for us. Some of you may have heard of the Brookville Hotel, which originated in Brookville, Kansas in the late 1800's. In those days, cowboys were driving Texas longhorns north up the Chisholm Trail. The town of Brookville sprang up along the route, and quickly grew in population with the aspiration of attracting a railroad center. When Union Pacific settled on nearby Junction City, it was a crippling blow for the town of Brookville. Even though the population dwindled, the Brookville Hotel continued with business as usual. At the end of the century, the Magnuson's purchased [...]

By |2018-11-22T05:56:19-06:00August 1st, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|22 Comments
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