I first heard about this collection when I lived in Illinois. I figured I’d never get to Lucas, Kansas to see it. But then we moved to Colorado, and Lucas is right on the way when we visit Arkansas.
A local woman named Erika Nelson has traveled around the U.S. visiting towns that claim to have the world’s largest … anything. She then makes miniature versions of them. At times, she drives her collection around the country, displaying it here and there. Lately, it’s been parked behind a house in Lucas.
It was raining when we arrived. My wife stayed in the car as I grabbed my camera and made a quick tour. I got drenched while attempting to keep my camera dry(ish) and wiping water off the reflective glass of the displays to try to get photos. Here’s what I saw.
The yard was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, including displays of brightly-colored duck decoys.
And there you have it. Things seemed a little dilapidated, but the web site says the collection was moving to a building on Main Street—three days after our visit. If this is true, I’ll have to make another stop.