the mechanical carvings of Paul Boyer
Greensburg - Prior to 2007, the small town of Greensburg was known as the home of the world's largest hand-dug well. On May 4, 2007, 95% of the town was destroyed by a deadly tornado. Since that devastating tragedy, Greensburg has been reborn and a brand new Big Well Museum & Visitor's Center is now open. (And when you visit, don't miss checking out all the new eco-friendly buildings around town.)
Lucas - The Garden of Eden; one of America's best (and oldest) folk art environments
Lucas - And after you visit the Garden of Eden, walk three blocks to The Grassroots Arts Center to see the masterworks of Kansas self-taught art.
Lucas - And after you visit the Grassroots Arts Center, walk across the street to the World's Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things (AKA World's Largest Things, Inc.) to see my pal Erika Nelson's one-of-a-kind museum honoring the iconic roadside attractions of America.
St. Benedict (west of Seneca) - 17th Century Baroque Germany, transported to the Plains: St. Mary's Catholic Church. (Here's the church's own website.)
Wichita - The Allen House; Frank Lloyd Wright's last Prairie Style house
Wichita - Exploration Place; a dynamic science museum by architect Moshe Safdie
Kearney - Just when it looked like classic roadside attractions were a thing of the past, something big, bold, and spanning an interstate: The Great Platte River Road Archway. Multi-media museum, second-longest escalator in Nebraska, restaurant, & oh yes, a gift shop - all rolled into one giant log arch.
Lincoln - If only the world had more Bertram Goodhue buildings and Hildreth Mei¸re mosaics: The Nebraska State Capitol Building
Omaha - The Joslyn Art Museum; refined, simple Art Deco with a refined, simple addition by architect Norman Foster.
Omaha - The Lied Jungle and Desert Dome at the Doorly Zoo.
Bismarck - I want to go to Bismarck someday. I want to see Marcel Breuer's "jewel on the prairie", The Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery.
Arcadia - From a brilliant architect who always has great pop, it's Rand Elliott's POPS store on historic Route 66.
Bartlesville - Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, The Price Tower, now open as a boutique hotel. Be hip, vacation in Bartlesville.
near Foyil - Ed Galloway's Totem Pole (folk art environment)
Guthrie - One of the largest Masonic buildings in the world, with fascinating interiors that reflect centuries of architectural history: The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.
Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City National Memorial. (Site of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building.) Quite powerful. Very well done.
Ponca City - An oil boom wonder, The Marland Mansion.
Mitchell - The Corn Palace, of course.