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The Cozy Inn – Burgers By The Bagful

100 years and 16 presidents ago, The Cozy Inn opened in Salina, Kansas. Bob Kinkel, the original owner, used his tiny space to whip up palm-sized bites of beef. He got the idea from White Castle, who had begun operations one year earlier in Wichita. Churning out dozens of mini-burgers at a time, he would slide them down the counter atop sheets of waxed paper. It's likely that this was where the term "sliders" began. We stopped in to check out their burgers by the bagful and find out what has kept this business in the forefront for over a century. 100 Years [...]

By |2022-11-18T07:27:30-06:00November 18th, 2022|Kansas, North Central, Salina|4 Comments

Smoky Hill Museum – The Crossroads Of The Heartland

We are going to let you in on a little secret. There is gold in the Smoky Hills. It's not be nuggets of the shiny substance that has been the reason for mass migrations. The precious treasure we are talking about is found in the local attractions found in a variety of towns and cities. The fertile rolling hills have attracted visitors for thousands of years. Many came to make a home, while others were merely passing through the Crossroads of the Heartland. With all of this activity, we were glad to see that the Smoky Hill Museum has recorded some of these [...]

By |2022-10-07T06:09:52-06:00October 14th, 2022|Kansas, Midwest, Salina|2 Comments

Seelye Mansion – A Living Time Capsule

Who's up for a little time traveling? A visit to Abilene, Kansas can take you back to the early 1900s just by touring the Seelye Mansion. This turn-of-the-century home has 25 rooms and more than a few fascinating features. One fact that surprised us was that the furnishings cost more than the home, which was built in 1905. In 2022, it's unusual to find a place that still has the original appliances and electrical components. As we toured this massive house, we felt like we were in a living time capsule. We want to thank Travel Kansas and Visit Abilene for hosting our [...]

By |2022-09-23T06:08:52-06:00September 23rd, 2022|Abilene, Kansas, Midwest, North Central|2 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 the world. They come to Abilene to pay homage and learn more about the man who served as the 34th President of the United States. Our first visit occurred during renovations, so we were excited to get the opportunity to see the space after its facelift. This time, we were able to view the exhibits and discover how Ike handled issues he [...]

By |2022-11-29T12:52:10-06:00August 23rd, 2022|Abilene, Kansas, Midwest|4 Comments

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 |2022-11-29T12:52:41-06:00December 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 |2022-10-11T12:55:04-06:00September 5th, 2018|Abilene, Daytrips, Destinations, Guides, Kansas|8 Comments
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