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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.


Useful Internet Links for Kansas:

 

Official Website of Kansas  

http://www.kansas.gov/

 

Travel and Tourism Department  

http://www.travelks.com

 

Call toll free  1-800-2KANSAS

 

Pick a Homepage - Kansas

 

Point of Interest Road Signs - Kansas

Congress.org - Kansas Elected Officials

 

Kansas Weather from Weather.com

 

National Park Service Sites in Kansas

 

Kansas News from USA Today

Job Search Spider - Find a job in Kansas

 


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.

 


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