For the Love of Art – North Central Kansas Road Trip

By Abilene CVB on January 26, 2022


Abilene, Kansas, located along Eisenhower’s Interstate 70 in North Central, Kansas is home to a great arts scene. From murals of all types and sizes to traditional and innovative statues and, of course, the five-star Great Plains Theatre, art lovers of all ages will love their visit to Abilene.

  • Great Plains Theatre - Abilene, KS

    Great Plains Theatre

    Take in a show at the only professional live theatre between Denver and Kansas City on I-70.

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  • Big-Spur-Abilene,KS

    Big Spur

    At 28 feet high, the big spur stands on its ends to form an arch and weighs a ton. It was built by Larry Houston in 2002 and was certified as the World's Largest Spur by Guinness World Records until...

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    Abilene Mural

    Graffiti artist, Whitney Kerr, completed this vintage postcard-inspired mural in downtown Abilene. Each letter depicts an important part of Abilene's history. A: The National Greyhound Association...

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  • Turtle-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Turtle Mural

    A project of the Arts Council of Dickinson County, this turtle was completed with assistance from children in the community. 

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  • Sunflower-Stamp-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Sunflower Stamp Mural

    This stamp was issued in 1961 to celebrate Kansas' centennial and was completed by local artist William Counter. 

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  • Midwest-Meats-Longhorn-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Midwest Meats Longhorn Mural

    Completed in September 2022 by Mindy's Murals. 

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  • I-Like-Ike-Murals-Abilene,KS

    I Like Ike Murals

    On June 4, 1952, then-General Dwight D.

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  • Train-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Train Mural

    Celebrating Abilene's days as a Chisholm Trail cowtown, this mural by graffiti artist, Whitney Kerry, pay homage to the railroad, which carried hundreds of thousands of head of cattle to eastern...

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  • Harmon-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Interactive "Harmon" Mural

    This interactive mural inspires visitors to create a variety of poses. This giant mural was modeled after local resident Harmon Geissinger and completed by graffiti artist, Whitney Kerr. 

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    American Bison Stamp Mural

    The American Bison is featured on this special 6 cent stamp postmarked from Abilene and completed by local artist William Counter. 

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  • Longhorn-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Longhorn Mural

    Another Whitney Kerr original located on the front of Abilene Middle School. 

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  • Eisenhower-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Mural

    Local artist William Counter completed this digitized Eisenhower mural in 2007. Due to deterioration, this mural was replaced with a new "Ike Wins" Mural in November 2022.

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  • Wild-Bill-Hickok-Cowboy-Boot-Abilene,KS

    "Wild Bill Hickok" Cowboy Boot

    Visit Abilene, Kansas and experience its unique Cowboy Art Trail!  Celebrating its cowboy roots, the Cowboy Boot project pays homage to T.C. McInerney's Drovers Boot Store from the 1870s.

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  • Angle-Wings-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Angel Wings Mural

    Located behind Aksent Boutique, graffiti artist, Whitney Kerry, created this interactive angel wings mural, which makes the perfect photo opp in downtown Abilene!

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  • Hickok-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Wild Bill Hickok Mural

    Paying respects to Abilene's famous former town Marshal, Wild Bill Hickok, this mural was completed in 2018 by local artist William Counter. 

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  • Jeffcoat-Photography-Studio-Museum-Abilene,KS

    Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum

    The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum features a unique look at the history of Abilene and Dickinson County, Kansas through the photographic work of the Jeffcoat Photography Studio. Operating since...

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    Eisenhower Barn Quilt Trail

    Driving through the countryside anywhere in the world you will likely come across many barns.  They drape the country in many designs, colors, and architecture.  Some barns are painted to display...

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  • Cedar-House-Greenhouse-Mural-Abilene,KS

    Cedar House Greenhouse Mural

    Thanks to the efforts of Patti O'Malley and the Cedar House, Donald "Scribe" Ross, a famous Kansas City artist, completed another new mural in Abilene. The mural is on the side of the Cedar House...

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  • Mud-Creek-Cowboy-Boot-Abilene,KS

    "Mud Creek" Cowboy Boot

    Visit Abilene, Kansas and experience its unique Cowboy Art Trail!  Celebrating its cowboy roots, the Cowboy Boot project pays homage to T.C. McInerney's Drovers Boot Store from the 1870s.

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While in North Central Kansas, make sure to check out these other art destinations.

1. Clay Center

Following Abilene’s lead, Clay Center is embracing the mural movement. Keep your eyes open, you never know where you'll spot a mural!

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2. Concordia

See the Whole Wall Mural – the longest sculpted brick mural in the US. Make sure to check out the statues commemorating the Orphan Train.

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3. Cawker City 

No Kansas road trip would be complete without a stop and the iconic World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine!

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4. Lucas

The Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas, you never know what you’ll find in Lucas. From America's Most Artistic Giant Toilet to the Garden of Eden, the Grassroots Arts Center and the Wold's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Things, art is everywhere in Lucas!

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5. Salina

Downtown Salina is home to a great variety of sculptures. Each year, between 15-25 sculptures are selected and carefully sited in historic Salina. Take a stroll through downtown and admire these great pieces of art!
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