If you go through Kansas, make sure you take the 10 mile detour north to Wamego. I’m sure you’ve never heard of it because neither have I.
They are famous for a couple of things. First of which is the Oz Museum. The museum is a collection of both original and replicas from The Wizard of Oz as well as the work from L. Frank Baum. You’ll be able to find 1st Edition books on the Oz storyline, an actual Munchkin uniform, and several replicas of Dorothy’s dress and the famed ruby slippers. We had a great time walking through the museum (which is larger than it appears to be). There are plenty of things to see and buy in the gift shop too. We spent a good amount of time perusing the Wizard of Oz themed novelties. I may or may not have purchased a stuffed animal of Toto..Ok. So I did.
The 2nd (almost) famous thing is the Columbia Theatre. This theatre has been home to several businesses over the years but it is a permanent home to some murals. These murals were originally housed at Chicago World’s Fair (World’s Columbian Exposition) in 1893. There were (if I remember correctly,) 20 murals in all but only 6 were restored and are on full display upstairs in the theatre room. The remaining murals are rolled up in the theatre’s basement. They don’t know what to do with them and they don’t have the funds to have them restored…seems a shame for such wonderful pieces of history.
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Actually, that wasn’t our intent when DJ and I were on a recent road trip to Denver from Indianapolis for Thanksgiving. Just off Interstate 70 is the Oz Museum located in Wamego, Kansas (there just so happens to be another in Liberal, Kansas in the southern part of the state)…