Last updated on September 5th, 2020
34. Kansas Sunset
In a number of lists that feature the top sunset locations across the world, the sunset that radiates from the Flint Hills is seemingly always in the top five. It is the best location in the country to watch the sun as it takes its final bow for the day. Each time certain Kansans experience the beauty of a spectacular, it reminds them why they could not leave this beautiful state to live elsewhere.
The state has two primary nicknames, “the sunflower state” and “the wheat state.” The former stems from the abundance of the yellow flower painting located across the plains of the state. These flowers have been the ultimate fashion accessory and an essential source of vegetable oil over the years.
36. Wheat Champions
Kansas is the largest producers of wheat in the country. Just about one-fifth of the wheat grown in the U.S. comes from Kansas. It has been stated that enough wheat is produced to feed everyone across the globe for roughly two weeks.
37. Ghost Towns
Approximately 90 percent of rural towns have under 3000 residents and throughout the state, there are several thousand ghost towns. Locals know the importance of filling up with gas before going for a long drive to the west. This is because it might be quite a while before they see a working gas station.
38. There are Essentially Two Kansas Cities
The majority of Kansas City is actually located in Missouri, except for a few suburbs like Overland Park and Olathe. However, to get to the heart of the town, you will need to cross state lines because the Missouri side has breathtaking skylines.
39. Land of the Roaming Buffalos (North American Bison)
Directly from well-known lyrics of the state song, Kansans are not surprised if a few buffalos are seen running its plains. After all, the state animal is the American buffalo, which can weigh over 1800 pounds and grow more than 6 feet tall.
40. The BBQ Art Form
The entire state is obsessed with Kansas City-style barbecue. This style is special because of how it is slow smoked over various woods before being typically topped with a thick molasses tomato and based sauce.
41. Native American Tribes
Numerous Native American tribes once called Kansas home. They settled in the area way before 1541, when Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, the European explorer, arrived. The name of the state came from the Kansas River, which got its name from the Kansa tribe.
42. Airplane Factory
In 1919, the first airplane factory in Kansas was constructed in the city of Wichita. This city would later be ranked among the leading airplane manufacturers in the nation.
43. Women’s Equality
Early Kansans became concerned with equality for women. As early as 1861, women were granted voting rights to participate in school district elections.
44. Monument Rocks
These are a series of huge chalk formations that are rich in fossils and located in Gove County. They are a National Natural Landmark.
45. Kansas State Capitol
Located in Topeka, the state capitol was constructed in the French Renaissance style. It holds murals by John Steuart Curry, a native of Kansas.
46. Holy Cross Shrine
Located in Pfeifer, the shrine was referred to as the 2 Cent Church. This is because it was constructed using a 2 cent donations from every bushel of wheat sold by church members.
47. First Woman Mayor in the United States
Susan Madora Salter was the first woman mayor. In Argonia in 1887, she was elected to office.
Here is another amazing Kansas fact. Kansas is among the most productive states where agriculture is concerned. They produce high yields of soybeans, sorghum, corn and wheat.
49. Questionable Laws
In Kansas, serving ice cream on cherry pie was against the law at one period in the history of the state.
50. Was part of Louisiana purchase
Kansas was once sold to the U.S. as a part of Louisiana in 1803.
51. Highest point in the state
Mount Sunflower is Kansas’s highest point at 4,039 feet (1,231 meters).
52. Alcohol was prohibited
In 1881 Kansas became the first U.S. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages. However, this law was repealed in 1948.
53. Tornadoes are common
Annually, Kansas is hit by approximately 50 tornadoes. Hence, the nickname “Tornado Alley”.
54. Highest and lowest temperature on record
The all-time highest and lowest temperatures were recorded near Alton (121 °F or 49.4 °C) on July 24, 1936, and near Lebanon minus 40 °F (−40 °C) on February 13, 1905. It is noteworthy that these towns are just 50 miles apart. Kansas ties with North Dakota for the fifth-highest temperature ever recorded in an American state.
55. Other spoken languages
Vietnamese is the most commonly spoken foreign language in Kansas. According to some estimate, nearly 0.6% of the state’s population speaks Vietnamese at home.
56. The name originates from
The state’s name comes from a Siouan-language phrase meaning “people of the south wind.”
Kansas – Quick facts and state symbols
|State Size||Total (Land + Water): 82,277 sq miles; Land Only: 81,815 sq miles|
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
|Statehood||January 29, 1861|
|State rank by population||35th|
|State rank by date of formation||34th|
|State rank by area||15th|
|Number of Counties||105|
|Bordering States||Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma|
|Highest Point||Mount Sunflower|
4,041 ft (1231 m)
|Lowest point||Verdigris River at Oklahoma border|
679 ft (207 m)
|Length||213 miles (343 km)|
|Width||410 miles (660 km)|
|Governor||Laura Kelly (D)|
|State Motto||Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)|
|State Nickname||Sunflower State; Jayhawk State|
|Noble prize Winners||Earl W. Sutherland, Jr. (Physiology or Medicine, 1971)|
Vernon L. Smith (Economic Sciences, 2002)
|Famous people||Will Shields (Pro Football player)|
Joe Tinker (Baseball player)
Lynette Woodard (Basketball player)
Silas Griffis (Hockey player)
|State Amphibian||Barred tiger salamander|
|State Animal||American Buffalo|
|State Bird||Western Meadowlark|
|State Flower||Wild sunflower|
|State Flying Fossil||Pteranodon|
|State Grass||Little bluestem|
|State Insect||Honey bee|
|State Marine Fossil||Tylosaurus|
|State Reptile||Ornate box turtle|
|State Tree||Plains cottonwood|
|Longitude||94° 35′ W to 102° 3′ W|
|Latitude||37° N to 40° N|
|Time Zone||Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone|
|Area Codes||316, 620, 785, 913|
|Table last updated||June 8, 2020|