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About Kansas State
Kansas is a state in the United States located in the Midwestern region. The state was named after the Kansa Native American tribe that once inhabited the region. Kansas is otherwise known as The Sunflower State, with agriculture its biggest industry and largest contributor to the economy. The rectangular-shaped state is the 15th largest in the US.
History of Kansas
Humans inhabited the region tens of thousands of years ago, with a large number of diverse tribes living in the villages along the valleys of the river. The first European to arrive in the region was Spanish Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in 1541. However, it was only hundreds of years later in the 1800's that the first Western settlers permanently put up homes and communities in the area.
It was 1803 when the Louisiana Territory purchase took place, of which the region of Kansas was included. The southwestern part of the state was, however, still part of Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas. It remained so until 1848, when the Mexican-American war culminated.
From 1812 to 1821, the region was part of the Missouri Territory. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth was established, which was the first permanent American settlement in the area.
In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was put into place, establishing the territories, and opening the regions to a wider settlement with the arrival of more migrants.
The region became the 34th state to be admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861.
The majority of Kansas is described by endless fields of ripe golden wheat. The state is often referred to as the flattest state in the US, with most of its land area used for agriculture. The highest peak is Mount Sunflower at 4,039 feet above sea level.
The state is bordered by Nebraska to the north, Oklahoma to the south, Colorado to the west, and Missouri to the east. The region is divided into 105 counties with a total of 628 cities. The Missouri River runs trough 75 miles of the state's northeastern boundary, and many other major rivers are found across the state. Some of the major rivers are the Big Blue, Delaware, Kansas River, and Arkansas River.
Kansas offers both amazing natural attractions of sprawling grassland and urban cities that provide its fair share of top tourist sites. Wichita, the state's biggest city, has the Mid-America All-Indian Center and the Botanical Gardens that are top tourist sites.
Dodge City is famous as it was once the wildest town in the Wild West. Today, tourists can find old-fashioned saloons and watch mock gunfights in the streets, with cowboys in complete traditional cowboy costumes.
Atchison, Kansas is the most haunted town in the state, famous for its ghost tours. The Union Station in Kansas City is a restored 1941 train station that now holds shops and entertainment establishments, which is a must-visit in the city.
There are hundreds of schools across the state, with a total of 37 public institutions of colleges and universities. There are currently 6 public universities in the state, with the University of Kansas the largest in enrollment. It is also the oldest in the state, having been established in 1858.
Other notable colleges include Baker University in Baldwin City, Benedict College, and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Map of Cities in Kansas
|Overland Park city Map||Kansas city Map||Olathe city Map|
|Shawnee city Map||Manhattan city Map||Lenexa city Map|
|Salina city Map||Hutchinson city Map||Leavenworth city Map|
|Leawood city Map||Dodge city Map||Garden city Map|
Map of Kansas Counties
|Allen county Map||Anderson county Map||Atchison county Map|
|Barber county Map||Barton county Map||Bourbon county Map|
|Brown county Map||Butler county Map||Chase county Map|
|Chautauqua county Map||Cherokee county Map||Cheyenne county Map|
Last Updated on : September 12, 2016
Facts about Kansas
Official Name Kansas
Area82,277 sq mi (213,096 km2)
Population2,904,021 (2014 est)
Time ZoneCentral: UTC-07:00, Mountain: UTC-06:00
Lt. GovernorJeff Colyer
U.S. SenatorPat Roberts, Jerry Moran
Joined the UnionJanuary 29, 1861 (34th)
Highest PointMount Sunflower
Lowest PointVerdigris River