8 Wonders of Kansas

By Trisha Jolliffe

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World and perhaps you’ve visited some of them in your lifetime. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were made to record the world’s most remarkable natural and manmade wonders. But why only seven wonders? There are numerous landmarks across the world that would qualify as remarkable and spectacular. The number seven was chosen because ancient Greeks believed it represented perfection and plenty and because it was the number of five planets plus the sun and moon. The original seven wonders were:

  1. The Pyramids of Giza
  2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. Statue of Zeus
  4. Temple of Artemis
  5. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  6. Colossus of Rhodes
  7. Pharos of Alexandria

The Pyramids of Gaza is the only original wonder that remains somewhat intact today. The others were destroyed by fire or earthquakes. In 2007, a global survey was completed and new wonders were named to reflect current landmarks. The new Seven Wonders of the World are:

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. Petra in Jordan
  3. Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
  4. Machu Picchu in Peru
  5. Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico
  6. The Colosseum in Rome
  7. Taj Mahal in India

But have you heard of the 8 Wonders of Kansas? Me neither! The 8 Wonders of Kansas was a project started by The Kansas Sampler Foundation in 2007. People were encouraged to vote for their favorite attractions in Kansas. The first contest produced the following wonders:

  1. Big Well, Greensburg
  2. Castle Rock and Monument Rocks, Gove County
  3. Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Barton and Stafford Counties
  4. Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene
  5. Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson
  6. Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson
  7. St. Fidelis Church (also known as the Cathedral of the Plains), Victoria
  8. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County

There were 24 finalists in the first contest. The contest was such a great success that The Kansas Sampler Foundation compiled more lists to include wonders in architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people. The list now includes 216 different places to visit while in Kansas in addition to the original 8 wonders.

Let us know which ones you’ve visited and what are “must see” landmarks from your bucket list by contacting info@thetravelbuddy.com.

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