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Overall Wonders (7 out of 24)

The 8 Wonders book is split up into 9 different categories. For each category there are 8 winners and also the finalists for that grouping.   The first category lists the overall winners of the 8 Wonders. Some of the ones from the overall list also appear in the other lists, but I thought this would be a good place to start when looking at where to go.  Here is the overall list and the places I’ve visited already are marked with a star:

Top 8 Wonders (overall):

1. Big Well, Greensburg

2. Castle Rock and Monument Rocks, Gove County

3.  Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Barton and Stafford Counties.

* 4.  Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene *

* 5. Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson * (to be honest, I know I’ve been there, but it was like in 7th grade and I don’t remember much about it…)

6. Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson

7. St. Fidelis Church (Cathedral of the Plains), Victoria

* 8. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Flint Hills), Chase County *


Arikaree Breaks, Cheyenne County

Ball of Twine, Cawker City

Big Brutus, West Mineral

* Blackbear Bosin’s “Keeper of the Plains,” Wichita

Brookeville Hotel, Abilene

* Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls *

Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County

Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton

Davis Memorial, Hiawatha

Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned

* Garden of Eden, Lucas *

Gypsum Hills Scenic Drive, Barber County

* John Steuart Curry Murals, Topeka *

Lake Scott State Park, Scott County

Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, Republic County

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Benedict

So, as you can see…I’ve only been to 7 on this list…not a great start, but I guess it’s better than nothing! If you want to look more into any of these check out the website here!!

As I start to build my list for this summer, I’m going to ask for YOUR help! Have you been to any of the places on this list? Which of those are MUST sees?


One response

  1. Karen Blackburn

    Sounds like fun Laura! I have seen Big Brutus & the ball of twine (that one was a very snowy day)! The Monument Rocks & Castle Rock are where my parents grew up so been there many times! My grandparents live about 1/2 way between the two. The land where Monument Rocks is was recently sold to a private owner, and not sure if will continue to be open to the public. It is very cool though!

    June 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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