50 Facts About Kansas State You Might Not Know About Story

By Sarah Hartness

Introduction

50 Facts About Kansas State You Might Not Know About Story

Some facts about Kansas State include that President Eisenhower grew up here and Amelia Earhart...

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Fun Facts About Kansas

First up are some of the best fun facts for Kansas State fans...

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Kansas is well known for the "Wizard of Oz" movie

The main character in the movie, Dorothy, lived in Kansas before being transported to the...

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The World's Largest Easel is here

It is in Goodland, Kansas, and it is 80 feet tall. It is holding a...

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It has over 800 caves

This is the number of known caves in the state. These caves are spread throughout...

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Kansas has the geographical center of the lower 48 United States

It is just two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas. The point was determined in 1918...

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Mount Sunflower is its highest point

However, the point is still quite low and blends in with the plains which make...

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Pizza Hut started in Kansas

It was created by Frank and Dan Carney, two students at Wichita University. They opened...

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Flint Hills has the most tallgrass prairie in the world

North America used to have 170 million acres of tallgrass prairie covering it. But, as...

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Kansas is nicknamed the "Sunflower State"

The nickname comes from the many sunflower species that grow in Kansas. Some of them...

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This state produces the most wheat in the US every year

It makes about 18% of the wheat grown in the country. Kansas produces around 319...

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The state animal is the buffalo

The American bison was made the Kansas state animal in 1955. The American buffalo was...

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The official state song is "Home on the Range"

The song was written by Brewster Higley, who lived in Smith County, Kansas. It was...

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"Little House on the Prairie" is set in Kansas

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the books, lived in Kansas, which is why she...

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Sumner County in Kansas is the wheat capital of the world

In the county, there are over 318 thousand acres of land designated for growing wheat...

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Kansas gave women voting rights before the country did

The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. Kansas was one of the first...

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The state insect is the honeybee

It was made the state insect in 1976 when some school children petitioned for it...

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Interesting Facts About Kansas

There are also a lot of interesting things about Kansas that you can find in...

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower grew up here

He was born in Denison, Texas, but he moved to Kansas before his first birthday...

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Reverend Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker

He was a Presbyterian minister in Kansas. He worked many odd jobs before becoming a...

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The state tree of Kansas is the cottonwood tree

The tree is sometimes called the eastern cottonwood tree. It was named the official state...

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The official state bird is the western meadowlark

The bird was chosen as the state bird in 1925 during a statewide election. The...

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Many Native American tribes lived in Kansas

Some of the tribes who lived on the land were the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kansa, Pawnee...

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The state motto is "Ad Astra per Aspera"

The motto translates to "to the stars through difficulties." It was adopted as the motto...

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Kansas was named after one of the Native American Tribes

The name Kansas comes from the Sioux word "Konza." The word translates to "people south...

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John Brown was an abolitionist in Kansas

He was born in Connecticut and lived in multiple states. He moved to Kansas in...

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Fort Riley is a military base in this state

Fort Riley is in the Flint Hills, and it opened in 1917. Fifteen thousand active...

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Amelia Earhart is from Kansas

She was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. She was the first woman...

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Weird Facts About Kansas

There are also some weird facts about Kansas that are interesting to read about...

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Dodge City is the windiest city in the country

Even though Chicago is called the Windy City, it only has average wind speeds of...

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Kansas has many tiny towns

The town of Kelly is the smallest in terms of population, with a population of...

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People from Kansas City call themselves Jayhawks

There is no sure reason why people adopted the name Jayhawker, or where they got...

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This state is literally flatter than a pancake

Experts did a study to compare the flatness of the state to a pancake from...

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It has the most prairie chickens in North America

There are two species of these fowls that live in Kansas. The first is the...

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Creepy Facts About Kansas

Ready for some creepy facts about the state of Kansas...

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Haunted Atchison is a town in Kansas

The town is well known for its paranormal activities. It was a booming town in...

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This state had the most deaths during the Civil War

Around 8,500 men from Kansas who died in the war. More than 30,000 men from...

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It was part of the Wild West

People had little desire to move to the west of the Missouri River before the...

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Another nickname for Kansas is "Tornado Alley"

The name encompasses more than just Kansas. It includes parts of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Louisiana...

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Kansas History Facts

There are a lot of historical facts about Kansas that are important to know...

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People have lived here for at least 12,000 years

Archeologists have found materials dating back 12,000 years. It is believed that these people came...

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Kansas was first explored by the Spanish

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado was the governor of a province in northern Mexico. He set...

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It was part of the Louisiana Purchase

The United States bought the land in 1803 from France, which included multiple other states...

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act created the territory of Kansas

Stephen Douglas, a senator from Illinois, created the Nebraska Bill, now called the Kansas-Nebraska Act...

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Bleeding Kansas was a pre-Civil War event

It was a mini-war that took place from 1854 to 1859 between the pro and...

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Kansas officially became a state in 1861

It was officially declared the 34th state on January 29, 1861. While it entered the...

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Cool Facts About Kansas

Next up are some cool and fun Kansas facts...

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It is home to the longest grain elevator in the world

The elevator is in Wichita, Kansas, and it is operated by DeBruce Grain Inc. It...

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The helicopter was invented here

The patent for the helicopter was given to William Purvis and Charles Wilson who invented...

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There is a church made of grasshoppers in this state

The First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Kansas, was built in 1874. This was the...

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It has many state symbols

Some of the more important ones are already listed in this article, but there are...

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Kansas to New York North is nearly half of the distance across the US

The distance between the two states, by plane, or the crow's distance, is just over...

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Important Facts About Kansas

Finally, here is some important information on Kansas that you should know...

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Topeka is the capital of Kansas

Topeka is just west of Kansas City, and it sits on the Kansas River. The...

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Wichita is its largest city by population

In 2021, the population of Wichita was 395,699 people. Exactly 25% of the population is...

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Kansas City is in Kansas and Missouri

There are technically two cities called Kansas City. One is in Kansas, and one is...

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The population of Kansas is 2.9 million

During the 2020 census, the population was counted to be 2,937,880 people. Between the 2010...

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This is the 13th largest state by area in the United States

By land area, Kansas is about 82,000 square miles large. This puts it between Utah...

Conclusion

Conclusion

The flat, tornado-filled state of Kansas is well known for its many sunflowers and its...

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