Wacky Kansas & S.P. Dinsmoor's

Garden of Eden


directions to nirvana or heaven



foto by me at the Cozy Inn


What can i say?

we were looking for a place to eat

in the middle of Kansas

on our way to

the Garden of Eden





foto by me

at the Cozy Inn

they only have little burgers

they only have chips

they only have soft drinks

and theres only 5 seats at the





Foto by Kat Livengood


now i know Kansas

has a reputation for being

kinda boring

but i found the wack factor to be

pretty high

for those willing

to get off the main road



Samuel Perry Dinsmoor

Picture from the Garden of Eden Website


Which brings me to

the Garden of Eden

a sort of grass roots folk art town

way out in the way out

wacky fringe of fringe Kansas


Samuel Perry Dinsmoor was born on March 8, 1843, in Ohio. He served in the Civil War as a nurse in the Union Army. After the war, Dinsmoor returned to Ohio and soon joined the Masonic Lodge. Joining this organization was a significant development in his philosophical outlook on life. He had grown up in a very religious home, but, like many who witnessed the inexplicable slaughter of the Civil War, began searching for other ways to understand humankind.


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The Garden of Eden

foto by me


As some of you know

im not a big believer that outsider artist

still exist in the traditional way people think about it today

(there is an emerging neo-outsider conversation beginning to happen)

but Dinsmoor was something way beyond

even those old ideas

he was an inconoclast who had

ideas of his own that transcended

most peoples ideas of art

in that day and time

as well as now



The Lawyer, Banker, Docter and Preacher


When Dinsmoor retired from farming and moved to town, he build a house, the Cabin Home, intended to be both a residence and a source of income. For the exterior, he chose postrock limestone, the fine-quality building stone used in many commercial buildings, houses, barns, and fence posts in the area. His construction technique was unique, however. He had the stone quarried in long narrow lengths, some up to twenty feet long. The stone was then laid up with dovetailed corners in the manner of a log cabin. He designed the main floor with a mind to entertaining visitors, incorporating 3,000 feet of oak, redwood, and walnut to elaborate moldings and baseboards, To add to the unique look, he built no two windows or doors the same size.

Dinsmoor , the artist and social commentator, spent the years between 1907 and 1928 creating the Cabin Home and the Garden of Eden. He located his sculptural environment in a residential area, within walking distance of Main Street businesses and visible from the principal railroad track. It appears that Dinsmoor selected the location with the public in mind. The environment was a popular attraction; income from visitors' admission fees provided a degree of financial security for Dinsmoor and his family. He welcomed visitors and led tours of the site while the work was in progress.

Excerpted from "The Garden of Eden" by John Hachmeister, an essay included in the book Backyard Visionaries: Grassroots Art in the Midwest, edited by Barbara Brackman & Cathy Dwigans



Back of the Garden of Eden


Im always impressed when

people manifest a vision

something that cant be spurred on

or stopped in its tracks

it is part of a necessary reality that

they must bring into the world




Walk to the Garden


Kansas wasnt done with us yet

on the way home

we didnt make it quite home

we were still in the Garden of Eden

as they say

heaven is all around us

its just that sometimes we dont see it

even when we are riding in the front seat

of a Tow Truck

back home














the answer to EVERYTHING




burning old man gloom...Zozobra

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