The Nation's Largest Sunflower
Van Gogh probably never heard of Goodland,
the folks of Goodland certainly know of him, thanks to Canadian
artist Cameron Cross. While driving to Goodland, visitors
will see acres and acres of sunflowers surrounding the town, but
the biggest one of all sits at the junction of U.S. Highway 24 and
State Highway 27 atop an 80-foot easel.
The 24 by 32 foot
reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, can be seen from
nearby I-70, but to truly appreciate its "big picture” effect, a
side trip into town is a "must make.”
The third in a series of seven
giant Van Gogh reproductions planned by Cross, the Sunflowers are
part of the Big
Easel Project, which will display Van Gough’s Sunflower
Paintings in seven different countries around the world.
The first Easel was
erected in Altona, Canada in October, 1998, the second on in November,
1999 in Emerald, Australia, and Goodland’s giant painting on August
17, 2001. Discussions are currently underway in South Africa and
Japan for future sites and when it is final, it is expected to be
included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
What all seven sites,
ranging from rural to urban, will have in common is that all have a
connection to sunflower agriculture or to Van Gogh himself.
Goodland, now known as the "Sunflower
Capital of the High Plains," will be the only place in the United
States where one of the giant easels and its sunflower painting can be
On display at what is known as the "Cherry
Street Y," plans call for a visitor’s center that will include a public
viewing area and an exhibition hall dedicated to the history of sunflowers
and Van Gogh.
is located on Interstate I-70, just 17 miles from the Colorado border.
of America, updated February, 2017.
From Legends' General Store
Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases - By
Owner/Editor of Legends of America
Autographed From the wild
and woolly mining camps, to the rampages of the Civil War, to the many
cowboys riding on the range, those frontier folks often used terms and
phrases that are no longer used in everyday language today. Yet other
words and sayings were often specific to certain regions and never used
across the states. These terms, as in the past, are still sometimes heard
in specific areas, but are “foreign” to the rest of us.
From the pages of period newspapers, books, and century old dictionaries
comes the slang, lingo, and phrases of the American Frontier. Even if
you're not looking for a definition, you'll get a peek into the charm and
character of a historic era. In addition to the hundreds of words and
phrases, readers will also enjoy more than 150 vintage images.
Signed by the Author. 6x9", paperback -- 132 pages. Published by
Legends of America, 1st edition, October, 2015.
Made in the USA.