On March 15, National Kansas Day recognizes The Sunflower State.
Magnificent herds of bison, elk, mule deer and antelope roamed the vast open plains populated by Cherokee, Osage, Pawnee and many other tribes. The region became a part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Generations of travelers came to Kansas as the country expanded. From the Corps of Discover in 1804 to the Pony Express, all the roads in Kansas seemed to point westward.
Railroads brought rapid settlement to the territory and with it the divisive decision for citizens regarding statehood. Would Kansas be free or slave? The debates turned so vicious, the territory earned the name “Bleeding Kansas” before entering the union as the 34th state and free.
Official Kansas Symbols
State Capital – Topeka
State Motto – Ad Astra Per Aspera
State Nickname – The Sunflower State
State Bird – Western Meadowlark
State Fish –
State Tree – Cottonwood
State Song – Home on the Range
State Animal – American Buffalo
State Reptile – Ornate Box Turtle
State Insect – Honeybee
State Beverage –
State Fruit –
State Grass – Little Bluestem Grass
State Flower – Wild Native Sunflower
State Amphibian – Barred Tiger Salamander
State Soil – Harney Silt Loam
State Dessert –
With the railroads, ranching, livestock, and agriculture grew. The verdant, fertile soil of the Kansas farmland made the state the Breadbasket of the World.
Frank L. Baum even depicted farm life for one young girl named Dorothy in his books about a place called Oz.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took the world by storm, especially when Hollywood put Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton and Billie Burke in the cast. There was indeed no place like home, no place like Kansas.
Coronado Heights Castle – Lindsborg
Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz – Liberal
World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker City
Geographical Center of the Contiguous United States – Lebanon
World’s Largest Czech Egg – Wilson
One of the most critical decisions in Civil Rights history took place in Topeka, Kansas. The appeal of Brown vs. the Board of Education was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954. What had started with groups of parents and teachers in all-black schools in communities across the country had finally culminated in a final decision. Separate but equal violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Loose meat Sandwhich
Corn on the Cob
Chicken and noodles
Sour Cream & Raisin Pie
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