World's Largest Belt Buckle - Abilene, Kansas
At 19 feet 10 ½ inches wide and 13 feet 11 ¼ inches tall (not including the frame), Abilene, Kansas, is now home to the World’s Largest Belt Buckle. Unveiled Wednesday at noon at Eisenhower Park, the project serves as a billboard celebrating Abilene.
Designed by local artist Jason Lahr, Fluter’s Creek Metal Works, the buckle features Dwight D. Eisenhower, Wild Bill Hickok, Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, Historic Seelye Mansion, C.W. Parker carousel horse, C.L. Brown telephone, a racing Greyhound and Chisholm Trail longhorn inlaid with blue quartz.
The buckle is a project of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau which hopes the new roadside attraction will entice travelers to stop and visit the Best Historic Small Town.
“Whether you enjoy Cowboy history, art, fun photo opportunities or the world’s largest things, make sure to add the World’s Largest Belt Buckle to your Kansas I-70 road trip,” said Julie Roller Weeks, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau director.
The project is funded by a Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grant and from donations from 100 businesses and individuals. The buckle garnered nationwide attention when Jefferson White, a.k.a. “Jimmy” from the hit tv show Yellowstone shared about the project.
Earlier this month, True West Magazine also named Abilene the recipient of its Readers’ Choice Best Promotion of a Historic Place award.
Learn more at www.WorldsLargestBeltBuckle.com.
World's Largest Belt Buckle address: 400 N Pine St, Abilene KS 67410
See what Yellowstone's "Jimmy" has to say!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long did it take to build?
The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau received the grant to build the World's Largest Belt Buckle in May 2022. Jason Lahr started soon after the grant announcement.
2. How does Abilene's buckle compare in size to other previous World's Largest Belt Buckles?
1. Abilene, Kansas: 19 feet 10 1/2 inches wide x 13 feet 11 1/4 inches tall (NOT including the frame!)
*Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records.
3. Missouri: 13 feet 4.45 inches wide x 10 feet 1.44 inches tall
*Photos courtesy of Trip Advisor.
4. How was it paid for?
The project is funded by a Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grant and from donations from 100 businesses and individuals.
With a $200 donation, you will receive the following:
1 - Numbered, brass commemorative WLBB replica buckle suitable for wearing or displaying.
The buckles feature Abilene icons, including:
- Wild Bill Hickok
- C.W. Parker Carousel Horse
- Vintage Telephone (representing C.L. Brown's United Telephone)
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Historic Seelye Mansion
- Greyhound (representing Abilene as the Greyhound dog Capital of the World)
- Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Engine
- 1867 Chisholm Trail Longhorn
AND -- your name will be listed on the back of the REAL World's Largest Belt Buckle for all to see!
This is the perfect Christmas gift for cowboys, history lovers, and community supporters!
Note: The former World's Largest Belt Buckle was created by Montana Silversmiths and stands at 10’6” by 14’6.4”.
Jason Lahr of Fluters Creek Metal Works is constructing Abilene's WLBB, and we plan to unveil it the week of December 19. Replica buckles will be available at the unveiling event for pickup.
We will mail buckles to those unable to attend to the shipping address provided.
This project is funded with support from a Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grant.
Questions? Please call the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at (785) 263-2231 for assistance.
** OUR FIRST ORDER OF 100 BUCKLES IS SOLD OUT.**
If you are interested in purchasing a buckle, please leave your contact information below, and we will contact you regarding a second order and pricing.
Thank you so much for your support and interest!!