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Garden of Eden

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The Garden of Eden is located in Lucas, KS. It was built by Samuel Perry Dinsmoor from 1905 until his death in 1933. He began by building a faux log cabin out of limestone. In 1908, Dinsmoor began adding cement trees and symbolic sculptures to the property. There are about 200 figures with religious and political references. The Garden of Eden has been a tourist attraction since Dinsmoor began building. In 1917, Dinsmoor built a mausoleum on the property for his first wife and himself. At his request, his embalmed body is on display for the public to see.

The Garden of Eden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2011, an extensive restoration by the Kohler Foundation was begun. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

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