Things to do in Kansas and Missouri
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From the hair museum to the bridge to nowhere, there are plenty of interesting and even bizarre things to see and do in Missouri and Kansas.
On a recent segment of KCUR’s Central Standard, local experts Toni Alexander, communications manager of Visitkc.com; and Julie McPike, program coordinator of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area; discussed the area’s best quirky day trips. Their suggestions included:
- Big Brutus – West Mineral, Kan.
- Leila’s Hair Museum – Independence, Mo.
- The (haunted) Sallie House – Atchinson, Kan.
- Garden of Eden – Lucas, Kan.
- Glore Psychiatric Museum, one of the “1000 places to see before you die” – St. Joseph, Mo.
- Mushroom Rock State Park – Marquette, Mo.
- The Barbed Wire Museum – La Crosse, Kan.
- Fort Smith, remnants of a Civil War-era fort – St. Joseph, Mo.
- Canton ferry boat ride to nowhere – Canton, Mo.
- World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker City, Kan.
- Walt Disney’s Hometown Museum – Marceline, Mo.
- Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram Studio – Kansas City, Mo.
- Dalton Gang Hideout and escape tunnel – Meade, Kan.
- World’s largest hand dug well– Greensburg, Kan.
- Locust Creek Covered Bridge – Laclede, Mo.
- Lone Jack Cemetery, soldiers buried right on battlefield – Lone Jack, Mo.
- Quindaro Ruins, part of the Underground Railroad – Kansas City, Kan.
- Matfield Station, Santa Fe rail stop in the Flint Hills – Matfield Green, Kan.
- Mark Twain’s birthplace – Florida, Mo.
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