"Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas" Lucas by basstbn

Lucas Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 83 photos

Lucas, Kansas

Lucas is in a world of its own. Not only is it off the beaten path in the limestone post rock country of north central Kansas, but it is a unique town in which to view a wonderful and bizarre collection of outside art.

Take time away from your fast trip along Interstate Highway 70 to visit The Grassroots Art Center, P.S Dinsmoor's acclaimed Garden of Eden, and Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio and Gallery. Plan on a couple of hours - you won't regret it - if unconventional (even off-beat) creativity appeals to you.

Check out my Kansas Journeys blog site for additional views and reviews on Lucas: http://ftkansasjourney.blogspot.com/2010/03/lucas-kansas-no-longer-just-side-trip

The Big Plate

What used to be a television reception dish has been painted and placed at the edge of town. It is billed as the world's largest something or other - but it's a fun piece and gives an idea to expect the unexpected in Lucas. Don't take the art, or yourself, too seriously while here. Just have fun!

S.P. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden

Oldest and best-known of grassroots arts installations in Lucas. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden has been drawing curious (and occasionally confused) visitors for decades. See my tips for more information and photos.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stimulating works of unconventional art.
  • Cons:Only one place to eat - a diner on the outskirts...
  • In a nutshell: GREAT FUN!!
  • Last visit to Lucas: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 19, 2010
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  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    What a weird town! I'd love to visit! We have a sculptor who lives nearby (in Burks Falls) who's done almost the same thing as Dinsmoor but turned it into a castle--with dragons, beasts, and giant screaming heads.

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2006 at 9:14 AM

    I'm going to do the KC to Denver drive later this month, and am planning a stop in Lucas. Any restaurant recommendations nearby?

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2004 at 8:02 AM

    Actually, I've heard of this place. I'll be driving through Kansas next month and just may take a side trip to Lucas. Amazing stuff.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2003 at 3:29 PM

    Interesting stuff (never heard of this Kansas town either).

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2003 at 7:42 AM

    GREAT and unusual page on VT! It's a kind of place for me! Thank you very, very much for sharing! And your pictures are amazing!


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