About Kansas State
Kansas is a landlocked state in the Midwestern United States. The state was named after the Kansa Native American tribe that once inhabited the region. Kansas is nicknamed 'The Sunflower State', with agriculture being the largest contributor to the economy. The rectangle-shaped state is the 15th largest by area in the US. Topeka is the state capital and the largest city is Wichita.
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. From 1812 to 1821, the region was part of the Missouri Territory. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became 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.
Geography of Kansas
The majority of Kansas is described by endless fields of ripe golden wheat. The state is bordered by Nebraska to the north, Oklahoma to the south, Colorado to the west and Missouri to the east. It is divided into 105 counties. The Missouri River runs trough 75 miles of the state's northeastern boundary and many other major rivers are found across the state.
Its western region mostly falls under the Great Plains, while eastern region features rolling hills and forests. The state is often referred to as the flattest state in the US, with most of its land area used for agriculture. The highest point is Mount Sunflower at 1,231 meters above sea level. Read more here
Travel Destinations in Kansas
Listen to Dorothy, there's no place like Kansas. Woven with rich fabric of rural life, ‘The Sunflower State’ is truly a slice of classic America. The state throws all kinds of options at travelers from exploring natural beauty to burgeoning nightlife.
Go on haunted tours in Atchison, feel the adrenaline rush at Kansas Speedway, have a drink in a old-fashioned saloon in Dodge City and take a stroll in Wichita Botanical Gardens. Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Strataca, Eisenhower Presidential Library, Sedgwick County Zoo and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are the top-ranked destinations in Kansas.
Transportation in Kansas
- By Air - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) is the busiest airport in the state. Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is another gateway to the state.
- By Train - Amtrak's Southwest Chief serves Lawrence, Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City in the state.
- By Road - Interstate highways I-35 and I-70 along with the Kansas state highways connect major cities in Kansas.
Education in Kansas
There are hundreds of schools across the state, with a total of 37 public institutions of colleges and universities. The University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, Emporia State University and Pittsburg State University are the six state-funded or public universities in Kansas. Read more here
Facts about Kansas
Last Updated on: January 22, 2019
- It produces and stores more wheat than any other US state.
- The geographic center of the contiguous US is located near Lebanon in Smith County.
- The American restaurant chain Pizza Hut was first opened in 1958 in Wichita. More Facts...