Garden of Eden
Samuel P. Dinsmore Home
His strawberry garden. He thought why bend over to pick strawberrys? Behind that you see his "visitors dining hall" In Sam's words: "This is my visitor's dining hall where they eat lunch. 21 feet square, concrete floor, roof and tables. No wood used except the seats. The tables are 4 feet wide and 17 1/2 feet long. A good well of water adjoining. Over 1000 visitors have eaten dinner at my tables and not one has ever complained of their grub, something I don't think any hotel man in Kansas can boast of. They don't seem to know how to run their hotel without complaint. If I were running a hotel I would let them furnish their own grub as I do here. There are 4 lights over the tables and lights 20 feet above the roof, which light up the tables and yard at night."
The wash room. Think how nice you ladies have it today. Now the little booklet I have states the entire wash house is cement and the only wood used here is for the doors and windows. But it goes on to state it is wired for light, electric washer and iron. So perhaps the electric washing machine went missing and was replaced at a much later date with this hand operated one by the museum.
He had a tool shed and workshop but it was closed off, being used for storage. Some of his tools were placed on display in the wash room.
This is one aspect of Dinsmore I did not approve of. He had is own private zoo. The pagoda shaped building to the right was his badger, owl and pigeon roost. To the left is his coyote and eagle house. The coyote lived in the bottom which was sunk down three feet in the ground with a den for him to sleep in. The eagle roost was above and the two separated by a concrete floor. The wire mesh is missing. These two cages were made all of cement, wire and iron, no wood used. In front was the bobcat house. You will recall seeing three of these critters now residing inside the home. I don't know what became of the owl or badger. They may be in the home too and I missed them. I don't remember what the two squared plots to the left were. One may have been a well.