Kansas

The second largest electric-powered shovel in the world, now a museum. The 15-story coal scoop, which could be moved at a rate of 1/5 mile per hour on its set of eight tank treads, scooped the overburden off a seam of coal in a mine near Hallowell, Kansas,...

This 2,717-foot-long cement structure is listed as the largest grain elevator in the world. In 1998, an explosion at the facility killed seven people, and heavily damaged the structure. The elevator is composed of 246 individual 30-foot- by 120-foot-tall...

Light aircraft manufacturer Cessna has built more aircraft than any other company, and more than half of the aircraft currently flying in the world are Cessnas. The company, owned by Textron, Inc., has its primary manufacturing facility here at Wichita's Mid...

This hazardous waste management site is among the largest and most notorious in the nation. The hazardous chemical incinerator on site burned the contaminated soil from Times Beach, Missouri, as well as PCBs and other chemicals from all over the nation. The...

Fort Riley is a large and historic (established in 1853) infantry base with 100,676 acres, most of which is used for maneuvers involving tanks, helicopters and ground troops. The base is known as the "home of the Big Red One" (the 1st Infantry).

The Garden of Eden is a half-acre lot in a small Kansas town, transformed over the years with elaborate sculptures, towers, and furnishings, starting in the early 1900's by its owner, Samuel Perry Dinsmoor. The sculptural park, now owned by Garden of Eden,...

Meads Ranch is the name of the survey point known as the “Geodetic Center of the USA.” The location is in a field on private property (once the Meads’ ranch) and is marked with a small bronze geodetic survey marker. This is also known as the North American...

A pyramidal stone monument with a brass plaque claims this site as "the Geographic Center of the United States" (the monument was installed in 1940 before Alaska and Hawaii joined the union). The site was endorsed as such by the Coast and Geodetic Survey in...

A museum devoted to barbed wire, displaying hundreds of exotic varieties, with information on the impact of barbed wire in the settlement of the midwest, in range wars between the homesteaders and cattlemen, and the transformation of the open prarie. The...

A museum housing a collection of artifacts from space exploration in the United States and other countries. Said to have a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts found...

A well-known and innovative sustainable agriculture research and advocacy organization, headquartered in this suburban-looking house, surrounded by trails and research gardens, in the heart of the Heartland, Salina Kansas. The Land Institute researches and...

A major refueling base for military aircraft, using its fleet of KC-135 tanker airplanes. From 1960 to 1981, McConnell was a support and refueling center for the 18 Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos installed in the area. B1-B bombers were based...

Seeds transported to the moon and back by Apollo astronauts were planted here, and grew into a tree in the International Forest of Friendship. One of several sites in the country where seeds transported to space have sprouted plants that are still alive today...