"On a farm in Kansas, there once bloomed a rose"
  (Original) "Wizard of Oz" movie. (1925)

Official State
Motto:   Ad astra per aspera, or "To the stars through difficulties"
Amphibian:   Barred Tiger Salamander
Animal:   American Bison
Bird:   Western Meadowlark
Flower:   Sunflower
Insect:   European Honey Bee
Reptile:   Ornate Box Turtle
Soil:   Harney Silt Loam
Song:   Home on the Range
Tree:   Plains Cottonwood

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State Facts

Statehood:   January 29, 1861
Counties:   105
Size:   82,278 sq. mi.
L. Elev:   679 ft.
H. Elev:   4,041 ft.
A. Elev:   2,000 ft.
Pop:   2,913,123*

 

NE Neighbors

•    Nebraska
•    Iowa
•    Missouri
••    Colorado
•    Wyoming
•    South Dakota

"In a place called Kansas there are papers that will save us."
  (Original) "Wizard of Oz" movie. (1925)

The Kansas State Flag Graphic

Pop: 2,913,123*

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"Quiet place above all others upon a stream*"

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ANNOUNCEMENT for Kansas:

Between July 17th and August 24th, the Perseid Meteor Showers should be visible, peaking in August on the 12th and 13th early in the morning. Look toward the northeastern side of the northern sky (where the constellation of Perseus is located). Towards early Sunday morning (13th), there could be more than one meteorite per minute (turned out to be 179 peak per hour for August 13, 2009). Some lighter meteorites may be washed out by the moon. Regardless, you will need to drive north of the city to get away from the city lights. Ideally find a remote location away from car lights, which can de-sensitize your eyes after they have adjusted to the low light. Learn more about the Perseid Meteor Showers. Check out the sky chart for the Omaha area.

Kansas is our neighbor to the direct south of us.  The northern border of Kansas is shared by Nebraska.  The Republican River flows out of Nebraska into Kansas where it helps form the Kansas River that joins the Missouri at Kansas City.  Much of Kansas is farmland.  The industrialized centers manufacture many products.

Kansas City

Kansas City is one of those cities that splits across state lines.  Part of Kansas City is on the Missouri side.  Since the Missouri side gets mentioned more, a fuller description is on the Missouri page.

Lawrence

Great college town.  Great professors come from Lawrence.

Liberal

Located in the western half, almost to a division by thirds.  Francisco Vásquez de Coronado* visited Liberal in his search for the riches of Quivara.*  A museum there displays collected artifacts of the expedition.

Lyons

Lyons is located almost in the exact center.  Lyons is important in Midwestern history due to Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's* visit to the area.  A museum there displays collected artifacts of the expedition.

Nicodemus 67625

Nicodemus is located in the northwestern quadrant, and about one-third of the way across the state from the Kansas-Colorado state line.  Nicodemus is the location of the Nicodemus National Historic Site, where many African-Americans settled following the Civil War, as part of the westward expansion. Nicodemus National Park Service Historic Site

Topeka

Topeka is the capitol of Kansas.

Wichita

Wichita is in the middle southern half of the state.  McDonnell-Douglas has a large facility there.  Wichita is the largest city in Kansas.

 

Find out even more?

For more information on Kansas, check out these websites:
Kansas Official State website (800-252-6727)

Helpful Links

Kansas Lottery
University of Kansas Monarch Watch