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The Amazing Eliphante

The Amazing Eliphante

Eliphante – Mike Kahn and Leda Livant Dates unknown Cornville, AZ Sculptural and  environment Built: 1980’s-present Located south of Sedona, near the town of Cornville, Arizona, Eliphante is a mesmerizing sculptural and architectural environment created over the past 20 years by artists Mike Kahn and…

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18th and Vine District – Kansas City’s wild past

18th and Vine District – Kansas City’s wild past

It was the roaring ‘20s, and 18th and Vine was the center of the black community at the time. The stage at the Panama Club was their showcase. It was also the beginning of Mayor Tom Pendergast’s political era, with the lax enforcement of liquor,…

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Fantastic mechanical art in an old ice cream shop

Fantastic mechanical art in an old ice cream shop

Boyer Museum – Paul Boyer 1930 — 1205 M Street Belleville, KS 785-527-5884 Website Mechanical sculptures Mechanical sculptor Paul Boyer was born in 1930, in Aurora, Kansas. He has no formal training in art or engineering, in fact he only has a 4th grade education,…

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A garden of goat-getting political satire – MT Liggett’s art field

A garden of goat-getting political satire – MT Liggett’s art field

Art Field – Myron “M.T.” Liggett 1930 — 119 N Cherry Mullinville, KS 620-548-2597 Sculpture environment Built: 1989-present “I say what I want to say, and I piss a lot of people off.” M. T. Liggett was born into a sharecropping family in tiny Mullinville,…

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My personal “Basketball Jones”

My personal “Basketball Jones”

It’s the time of year that Kansas City becomes a basketball mecca. NAIA, Big 12 Tourney, First and second rounds of NCAA’s March Madness.My parents loved basketball. They always took us out of school to attend the NAIA tournament, complete with our own brackets to…

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Best BLT’s and wings in Kansas City!

Best BLT’s and wings in Kansas City!

  The Peanut Cold beer, Killer wings and BLTs The Peanut was the very first bar to get its liquor license after prohibition was repealed in 1933. (Before the repeal, it was a speakeasy.) A neighborhood dive just south of the Plaza, they serve up…

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The best of Kansas City BBQ

The best of Kansas City BBQ

If you are heading to KC for the NCAA Basketball Tourney, then you are in store for some great hoops and even better Q. My preference is always Oklahoma Joe’s, especially the pork, although LC’s pork sandwich is pretty killer, too. And I really love…

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A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas — S.P. Dinsmoor

A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas — S.P. Dinsmoor

Garden of Eden — S.P. Dinsmoor 305 E 2nd St Lucas, KS Folk art environment masterpiece, Concrete Built: 1905-1927 The Garden of Eden is the oldest complete self-taught artist environment in the United States, creating a folk art epicenter in this rural Kansas town. In…

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Oh yeah, it’s the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Oh yeah, it’s the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

World’s Largest Ball of Twine Highway 24 Cawker City, KS 785-781-4713 Cawker City’s claim to fame started when a man named Frank Stoeber was tired of all those loose strands getting in his way – so he did something about it. He started winding and…

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Truth, justice, and the American way. Welcome to the home of Superman

Truth, justice, and the American way. Welcome to the home of Superman

Superman 611 Market Street Metropolis, IL 618-524- “Zippy the Pinhead” location Its a great photo op to pose with the statue of Superman in the self-proclaimed “Superman’s Hometown” – Metropolis, Illinois. Plus there are cut-outs for photo ops, and a spiffy museum. Metropolis is the…

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