Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Kansas
Kansas, our 34th state, was admitted to the Union January 29th, 1861. The 2000 census has Kansas's population at 2,688,418, ranking 32nd in the US. With a total area of 82,277 square miles, the state ranks 15th in size. Kansas's capital is Topeka; Wichita is its largest city.
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Kansas fun facts:
Kansas State Bird: Western meadowlark
Kansas State Flower: Native sunflower
Kansas State Motto: To the stars through difficulties
Kansas State Song: Home on the Range
Kansas State Tree: Cottonwood
Nickname: Sunflower State
The geographic center of Kansas lies in Barton County, 15 miles NE of Great Bend. AT 4,039 feet, Mount Sunflower, located approximately 15 miles NNW of the town of Weskan on the Colorado border, is the state's highest point. The name Kansas derives from the Sioux word for "south wind people."
Brief History: When Coronado explored the area in the 16th century, Wichita, Pawnee, Kansa, and Osage peoples lived there. These peoples, hunters and farmers, were later joined by the nomadic Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche and Kiowa around 1800. French explorers built trading routes during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The US took over most of the area in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. After 1830, thousands of eastern Native Americans were relocated to Kansas. The area became a territory in 1854. Post-Civil War railroad construction made Abilene and Dodge City destinations for the large cattle drives from Texas.
Kansas tourist destinations include the Eisenhower Center, Abilene; Agricultural Hall of Fame and National Center, Bonner Springs; Dodge City-Boot Hill & Frontier Town; Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita; Fort Scott and Fort Larned, restored 1800s cavalry forts; Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson; US Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley and the NCAA Visitors Center, Shawnee.