Last Saturday, Peaches and I decided to go on a picture-taking expedition to Lucas to see the fabled Garden of Eden. We thought taking the back roads would be more fun, and have better scenery. We started north out of Russell and took the Landfill road east to cross the Saline and ran along the north bank looking for scenery. We found a nice spot with some good rocks about nine miles east of US 281. There was an abandoned county road where a bridge had crossed a dry wash through a scenic little valley full of cows. There were some very interesting rock formations so I took a couple of pictures there.

We continued on to the East, seeing a lot of harvest activity; it was a little damp, but there had been no rain, so cutting was progressing nicely. We got to Lucas around noon, so we decided to eat lunch. We had a pretty good burger and some fries at Linda's Cafe. Linda is a fifty-ish man with a salt and pepper mustache. Most things in Lucas shut down for lunch, but the Garden of Eden was open, so we walked over there.

The tour costs $4.00 and was very informative. The house sits on a quarter acre near the center of town, the yard filled with various concrete apparitions depicting the story of Genesis and the Populist political philosophy. Mr. Dinsmoor, who created all this, was apparently rather eccentric. He is buried on the grounds, in the Mausoleum, in a glass-topped coffin which visitors are allowed to view (but not take photos of). He has deteriorated somewhat over the years (having been buried in 1932) and looks a little scary at this point.

We went back to Downtown, and visited the library. We had a nice chat with the old woman who was the librarian on duty. We thought of going to the Grassroots Art Gallery, but we were out of cash and decided to head on east some more. Lucas seems to be a quiet town, very clean and well mannered.

We headed east on KS 18 to Sylvan Grove over in Lincoln County, just to see what was there...not much. However, there is a double arched stone bridge north of town over the south branch of Spillman Creek that was very interesting. It had been built in 1908 of native limestone and seems to have held up pretty well. The highway now runs to the west of it and continues on towards Hunter to the north.

We went back down to KS 18 and went over to Lincoln. This is where we get the aggregate for the wear surfaces on our bridges. They have a pretty nice courthouse, and what looks like a nice county museum. The museum was closed, unfortunatly and, as it was late in the afternoon, we didn't want to rouse anybody to come down and open it up. They have a number of new additions to the original building, and it looks like it could be pretty interesting...maybe next time.

We decided to go back down to the Interstate from Lincoln, were pulled over by a very nice Kansas Trooper who questioned my ability to read, and made it back to Russell around 4:30. It was a fun trip, though the weather could have been a little better.

The buttons link to some of the pictures I took on the trip.