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Discussion: 8 wonders of Kansas

in: PG; PG > 2007-06-02

Jun 2, 2007 5:39 PM # 
You might want to vote for your favorite:
Jun 2, 2007 5:56 PM # 
Well, that is a wonderous collection of wonders. Doesn't take much to make the top 24.... :-)

Of course you knew and I knew what I was going to vote for without even looking. I may get 8 votes, but I'm casting a lone bullet for the Ball of Twine.

Of course my preference may be influenced by a cartoon from "The Far Side," a nostalgic scene from an earlier Kansas --

Jun 2, 2007 6:55 PM # 
I've seen the Davis Memorial. It's a little creepy. But there is (was) a Hostess Thrift Store nearby so you can stock up on Twinkies with expired date codes.
Jun 3, 2007 8:08 AM # 
The 24 missed the most amazing: In 1998 I spent a week with the Bike Across Kasas ride. For my money, the most amazing thing in Kansas was the fence posts made from split limestone.

Apparently the early settlers got creative when they wanted to fence their land in the 1880's in that treeless expanse. They discovered a 7' limestone layer under 3'-6' of topsoil. So they flaked-off thousands of 7' posts, which are still in service can see them from I-70 covering half of Kansas.
Jun 3, 2007 12:23 PM # 
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Brookville Hotel, although I don't think I've ever seen any of the other fine contenders. According to my dad's research, Brookville was where my smooth talking great grandfather wooed my great grandmother away from her first husband. She had lived in Brookville for a while and then moved to Montana with her first husband, where he was the Indian agent on the Crow reservation. After a while of that she hot-footed it back to Brookville and took up with my great grandfather, who lived at the Brookville Hotel. Left 4 daughters in MT and had five more with the new guy.
Jun 3, 2007 2:42 PM # 
Twinkies expire?!? I thought they were indestructible.
Jun 3, 2007 2:44 PM # 
I think Twinkies just "expire", for legal reasons.
Jun 4, 2007 12:28 AM # 
Re: Kansas's ball of string... A giant replica, made with cables (metal, if I remember correctly), is located with 15 miles of us here in upstate New York at Art/Omi (in the town of Omi, which is a story in itself) sculpture field --

You can see this ball of "string" on this page: (it's the Dirt Ball in the lower left).

Not quite the same as an actual ball of real string, but about the same size...

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