Jim Dickerman’s “Open Range Zoo”

"Woody" - one of the creatures in the Open Range Zoo along the highways in Lincoln County. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

“Woody” – one of the creatures in the Open Range Zoo along the highways in Lincoln County. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

Jim Dickerman is a local artist who has dotted the landscape with his creations made from just about anything including old farm equipment, car parts, scrap metal, animal bones and feathers, driftwood, limestone, and antlers.  You have to keep your eyes open and alert as creatures in his “Open Range Zoo” pop up in unexpected places along the highways such as the tops of fence posts and billboards, tucked between tree groves, and perched on top of rock outcroppings.  Jim’s work has been featured on various websites and museums around the state.

Locations are noted in the list below. Driving instructions start on Highway 18 in Lucas, Kansas and moving towards the east, then on Highway 14 starting in Lincoln and moving towards the south to I-70.

"Lot Lizard" - part of the Open Range Zoo and found on Highway 14 near mile marker 181 south of Lincoln. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

“Lot Lizard” – part of the Open Range Zoo along the highways in Lincoln County. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

Lucas, Kansas (Russell County)

  • Grassroots Art Center – 213 S. Main Street – Jim’s work is displayed along with many other Grassroots artists.
  • Grassroots Monster  – In the alley near the Grassroots Arts Center (west).
  • Scoop Dig It – Bowl Plaza, Main Street in Lucas – it’s situated between Jim’s “Wheel of Heritage” (west) and “Prehistoric Spacecraft” (west).
  • Wow Flower – North Wolf Street in the yard of the last house on right before Highway 18 (east)
  • Grass Bird – at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 232, just east of Lucas (north)

 

Highway 18 between Lucas and Lincoln, Kansas

Land Shark, one of the creations along the Open Range Zoo near Lincoln, Kansas (Photo by Kris Heinze)

Land Shark, one of the creations along the Open Range Zoo near Lincoln, Kansas (Photo by Kris Heinze)

  • Lino Bird & Snake Muffler – Hwy 18 & Russell County Line (south)
  • Super Bug – between mile markers 83 and 84 (south)
  • Woody – Vesper/Denmark intersection (north)
  • Fisher Bird – mile marker 91, perched on top of a silo (north)
  • Cultivator Flower – E Kale Dr. (#7 Indiana Directory) (north)

 

Entering Lincoln from west & Junction of Highways 18 & 14

  • Tin Man – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Garden Flower – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Peace Vines – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Land Shark – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Gargantuan Ant – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Gator Beetle – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Praymantis for Lora – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Gableclub Peacock – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Thresh-O-Saurus – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • World Peace – Tromble’s Retreat (north)
  • Googley-Eyed Man (I’m Watching You) – Tromble’s Retreat (north)

 

Junction of Highways 18 & 14 & east

Super Bug, one of the creations in the Open Range Zoo along Highway 18, between Lincoln and Sylvan Grove, Kansas (Photo by Kris Heinze)

Super Bug, one of the creations in the Open Range Zoo along Highway 18, between Lincoln and Sylvan Grove, Kansas (Photo by Kris Heinze)

  • Dream Dragon The Break Out – NE corner of intersection of Highway 18 and Highway14 at Lincoln
  • Flying Monkey – east of intersection on Hwy 18 half mile (north)
  • Wicked Witch of the West – Near 5th St (north)
  • A Bird is a Word –Near the Water Tower (north)
  • Internal Peace #2 – just past Bird is a Bird (north)
  • Internal Peace – where Lincoln Avenue meets Highway 18 by the cemetery and the park
  • Twister Bird – Near South St. and Street Plumbing (east)

 

South on Highway 14 to I-70

  • Tree Flea – Across from Mrs. B’s Greenhouse (west)

    Wicked Witch of the West, one of the creations along Highway 18 in the Open Range Zoo at Lincoln, Kansas. (photo by Kris Heinze)

    Wicked Witch of the West, one of the creations along Highway 18 in the Open Range Zoo at Lincoln, Kansas. (photo by Kris Heinze)

  • Thirsty – Viv’s Liquor (east)
  • Gasasaurus & Bird in a Tree – Lost St. (west)
  • The Green Thing – Bridge/Walker Elevator (east)
  • World Peace (by day) & Stewie (by night) – Railroad tracks overpass (east)
  • Tiny Bird – Kiowa Dr. near St. Patrick’s Cemetery (east)
  • Luther Bird – Iron Dr. near St. John Lutheran Church (east)
  • Super Hopper – Hawk Dr. on vehicle (east)
  • Spade Bird – Ash Dr. almost to I-70 (east)
  • Dino Hawk – Westfall Exit on I-70 (north)

 

Downtown Lincoln, Kansas

  • Flower – Girl Scout Museum
  • Praying Mantis – Drug Store Museum (alley)

    Thresh-0-Saurus, one of the creations along Highway 18 near Lincoln, Kansas, particpating in the annual Post Rock Festival parade in this photo. (photo by Kris Heinze)

    Thresh-0-Saurus, one of the creations along Highway 18 near Lincoln, Kansas, particpating in the annual Post Rock Festival parade in this photo. (photo by Kris Heinze)

  • Wind Blown Flower – Lincoln County Health Department
  • Young Love & Peace Sign- City Park (south)
  • Big Guy – East Court St, across the street from the Carnegie Lincoln Library
  • Peace Flowers – one is south of the Library on S. 3rd St., one is by the Police Station on N. 2nd
  • Peace Collector – between 1st and 2nd on Lincoln Avenue
  • Cool One Bird – North of Sheriff’s Office on 2nd st. (west)

 

Highway 18 between Lincoln and Beverly and Tescott, Kansas

  • Black Pheasant – 295th North 2 miles (Setter Dogs) (east)
  • ET Warrior – mile marker 97 on Hwy 18 (north)
  • Kansas Canary – mile marker 100 on Hwy 18 (north)
  • Rufus – mile marker 101 on Hwy 18 (south)
  • Free Bird – mile marker 102 on Hwy 18 (south)
  • Pasture Thing – mile marker 104 (south)
  • Pasture Parrot – mile marker 105/106 (north)
  • Bigga Bug – mile marker 105/106 (north)
  • Fest Dragon – mile marker 105/106 (north)
  • Dream Dragon 5 – mile marker 105/106 (north)
  • DebbieDactyl – mile marker 105/106 (south)
  • Muffy – mile marker 105/106 (south)
  • Mr. Watch Him Watch Me – mile marker 105/106 (south)
  • Harvester Dream Dragon – mile marker 106 (north)
  • Sky Pony – mile marker 105/106 (north)
  • Drago – mile marker 107 (north)

 

In Beverly, Kansas

  • Forever Flower – Highway 252 in Beverly, it’s a heart wheel (west)
  • Flash & Easy Rider– on South Christie Street, by neighborhood watch sign (east)
  • Flower Power – N. Otis ave (west)

 

Highway 18 East of Tescott, Kansas

  • Power Hawk – mile marker 113 north side of Highway (3 miles on past Tescott E Hwy 18)

 

Additional locations:

Holyrood, Kansas

  • Dino

 

Jim Dickerman currently resides in Beverly, KS.  You can contact him via snail mail to order pieces custom made.  (Box 66, Beverly, Ks 67423). 

Jim’s son, Trent Dickerman, is following in his father’s footsteps.  TR Designs Unlimited recycles junk metal (just like good ole Dad), welds & paints some beautiful works of art.  He creates a beautiful variety: hearts, flowers, crosses, peace signs, trellis’, porch swings, mailboxes, dragons & other creatures.  He currently lives in Lincoln and has many pieces available for purchase at the Grassroots Art Center or at Switch Grass in Lucas, KS. He can be contacted for custom orders at [email protected] or on Facebook.  We will be seeing lots more of his work along the highway soon. 

Shady Bend (between Lincoln and Beverly on Highway 18)

  • Sunburst Forever Flower – Hwy 18 & 250th (south)
  • Peace Soars – Hwy 18 & 250th (south)


Lincoln, Kansas

  • Forever Flower Garden – 115 School
  • Flowers & Hearts (multiple pieces) – N 7th & Brome


Hwy 18 at west edge of Lincoln (
Tromble’s Retreat)

  • ROAR Flower – Tromble’s Retreat (placed 2nd @ ROAR Art Show in Russell, KS)


Lucas, Kansas

  • Puff Dragon – First and Main (SW corner)


Trent’s Forever Flower Garden’s can also be found in these surrounding cemeteries: 

  • Tescott Cemetery
  • Beverly Cemetery
  • Hammer Cemetery (Approx 1 mile north of St. Paul Lutheran Church or near 220th Rd and Grain Dr. )
  • South Vesper Cemetery

 

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