Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas has given us many notable and famous people like musician Melissa Etheridge, aviator Amelia Earhart, actors Kirstie Alley, Annette Bening, Hattie McDaniel and Buster Keaton as well as President Dwight Eisenhower and activist Erin Brockovich.  Kansas was a place where the buffalo roamed so it’s no surprise that the American classic, Home on the Range, was written by a Kansan. Numerous Native American tribes lived and thrived in Kansas for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. In Cold Blood was a story of Kansas as well. 

Kansas Videos: Here’s a 5-minute video featuring 10 Best Travel Destinations in Kansas. Here’s a lovely 2-minute video featuring all kinds of things to see and do in Kansas.

FunFacts about Kansas: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Kansas is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county and largest employment center being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; Missouri on the east; Oklahoma on the south; and Colorado on the west. Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native Americans who lived along its banks. (Source)
  • For thousands of years, the region in which Kansas exists was home to a number of Native American tribes. Some of the tribes were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Others lived in villages along the river.
  • The unofficial nickname of Kansas is ‘The Free State’. In the years prior to the Civil War, Kansas was a hotbed of violence as pro and anti-slavery factions battled for political control of the state. When the war began, Kansas entered as a free state.
  • Historically, Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827 with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.
  • The first European to set foot in this region was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541.
  • In 1803, most of modern-day Kansas was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Kansas has a population of 2.7 million people.
  • Mount Sunflower is Kansas’s highest point at 4,039 feet (1,231 meters).
  • Kansas is a major agricultural state and produces wheat, sorghum, corn and soybeans.
  • Kansas has hills and forests in the east but the great central plain dominates the western two-thirds of the state.
  • Kansas has many important rivers including the Missouri, the Kansas, the Arkansas, the Saline, and the Big Blue.
  • The city of Abilene was formerly a trailhead for the Chisholm Trail and was the boyhood home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • In southwest Kansas, Dodge City, known for the cattle drive days of the late 19th century, was built along the old Santa Fe Trail.
  • The American classic, Home on the Range, was written by a Kansan, Brewster Higley, and is the official state song.
  • Kansas is the setting for the 1965 best-seller In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.
  • Two well-known tales about Kansas are The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Little House on the Prairie.

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28 thoughts on “Kansas

  1. Hi, Everyone! So sorry this blog launched late today. I’ve had Internet troubles for two days now and only this morning remembered that I can use my iPhone Hotspot to connect to the Internet! So, here we are…in Kansas…there’s no place like home!

    Hope you enjoy the blog!

    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  2. I lived in Kansas for 4 years and loved it. We lived in Lindsborg which is a community that was settled by Swedish settlers. They still uphold their Swedish traditions.

  3. The closest I’ve gotten to Kansas is reading the Little House on the Prairie books, but it’d be nice to see it in person!

  4. We drove through Kansas and all I remember seeing was scenic overlook of cow’s! And it was summer and it didn’t smell good!

  5. I love the picture of the Painted Lady! I don’t remember much about traveling across Kansas by train except how flat it was. I wish I’d been able to see that wonderful house.

  6. I’ve never been to Kansas although my husband was there for a while. That house with the circular rooms is beautiful. I would love to see the inside.


  7. I enjoyed watching the videos and love the beautiful pictures. I’ve never been to Kansas but looks like a lot of interesting places to visit and see there.

  8. I am a Kansan born and bred and still live here. I was born in Atchison, birthplace of Amelia Earhart. We moved to the Kansas City area when I was 12 but most of our close relatives still live there so I am there quite often. I have been to Amelia Earhart’s home many times. It is beautiful and overlooks the Missouri River on a beautiful bluff. KC is about an hour from Atchison and I always pass through Leavenworth, birthplace of Melissa Ethridge, enroute to Atchison. I love Kansas for many reasons and am proud to be a resident of the Sunflower State. (the sunflowers are gorgeous)

  9. When I hear Kansas I think of corn fields, Smallville, the movie Red River with John Way and Montgomery Cliff and storms. I would love to visit.

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