Biggest Ball of the Center

Wending our way through the central plains along back highways and through small town America, I kept joking with Goddess about seeing “The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota”.

She kept looking at me funny as we were nowhere near Minnesota. 

She hadn’t heard the song.

So there we were, Northern Kansas, enroute to the geographic center of the contiguous 48 United States, when we entered the town of Cawker City.

Home of the world’s largest ball of sisal twine.


The Biggest Ball of Twine in The World!

The caretaker, a lovely lady who keeps an eye out for tourists, came sliding into the gravel parking lot to tell us the story. 

And let us add a length of twine to the circumference. 
That’s right, we personally had a hand in making The Biggest Ball of Twine in The World that much larger.

Get off of the Interstates people!

I’m willing to wager that the majority of the people who add twine are between 5 and 6 feet tall.
A short time later – the center!

After a quick Clark Griswold shake of the head, we were off, spending the rest of the afternoon dodging storms.

What and where is your favorite off the beaten path stop?


4 thoughts on “Biggest Ball of the Center”

  1. This post reminds me of the book “Blue Highways” by William Least Heat Moon. It’s a great book; you should read it. He has penned several books, but the only other one that I have read is ‘River Horse”, an adventure of crossing the USA on water, Yes, it can be done with very little terrestrial travel. I learned a lot from both of the books. Enjoy

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