MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 18008 posts, RR: 46 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
I think it's a State of Kansas promotion; apparently there will be actually 24 sites in the running to be narrowed down to 8. Yes, twenty four amazing Kansas sites.
"Background for the Eight Wonders of Kansas
Since 1994, the Kansas Sampler Foundation has been encouraging Kansans to see Kansas with new eyes by looking for the eight rural culture elements of architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people. Those eight categories will now be used to help people think about the best Kansas has to offer and to determine the Eight Wonders of Kansas.
Criteria for the 8 Wonders
The criteria for the 8 Wonders is that they be publicly accessible, open regularly, non-national franchise, and likely to be around for awhile. Events are not being considered.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6376 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2527 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter): eight rural culture elements of architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people.
The fact that it's rural makes it tougher. Art and architecture are rare in metropolitan Kansas, let alone rural Kansas. Commerce...same thing...there isn't a lot going on here outside of Kansas City or Wichita, which are of course not rural locations. We rank 8th in US oil production, mostly all rural in central and south Kansas, so maybe that? Geography...the plains of western Kansas can be gorgeous, especially at sunset or sunrise, with the waving wheat and the wind blowing off the Rockies with nothing to stop it...Tallgrass Prairie, near Emporia, can be gorgeous as well. History is where Kansas shines, especially when you link it back to Brown v Board of Education (Topeka) and the Civil War, when places like my current residence of Lawrence, KS fought against the slaves that came over from that god awful place we call Missouri. People is also where Kansas shines...some of the nicest people in the USA.
Colorado, ok...Missouri, come on, worst state in the country! I cringe when I see the "Welcome to Missouri" sign because that means I'm going to lose at least one part of my car in a pothole or some other horrible road condition. My friends and I once took a picture on I-70 in central Missouri where a sign spoke of road work with another sign over it saying "Road Work Completed as Promised!" and potholes/other poor road conditions. That about sums up Missouri
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 12023 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
I was born in Kansas. Yes, I admit it. I think Kansas is a beautiful state to visit. I live in Oregon. LOL
Anyway, the Eisenhower Museum is cool, so is the Garden of Eden. I am surprised the center of the 48 States near Lebanon did not make the list. There was a zoo in Garden City. It has been a while since I have been there and I always enjoyed going there. The Flint Hills did not impress me much but Monument Rocks are cool too.
Kansas is not that bad. Have you been to North Dakota or Nevada (except Las Vegas, Reno, or Lauglin) lately?