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Kansas – the Sunflower State

   
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Top Five Facts

 

1. ) Dodge City is the nation’s windiest city, with an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour.

2. ) The geographic center of the lower 48 states is located in Lebanon, Kansas

3. ) Basketball founder James Naismith was a coach and instructor at the University of Kansas.

4. ) The world’s first pizza Hut was opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1958.

5. ) In 1887, Susan Madora was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas, becoming the nation’s first female mayor.

 

Kansas in History

 

1541: Francisco Vazquez de Coronado explores part of Kansas.

1803: In the year 1803, the area that is now Kansas was bought as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

1806: American explorer Zebulon Pike explores Kansas, referring to it as the “Great American Desert.”

1820s-1840’s: The area that is Kansas as set aside as Indian Territory and numerous tribes removed from their natives land are forced to live on Kansas “reservations.”

1821: The Santa Fe Trail is opened and settlers stream through Kansas on their way west.

1827: Fort Leavenworth is built to protect westward-bound settlers from Indian attacks.

1854: The Kansas-Nebraska Act established boundaries between the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Both territories were authorized to decide for themselves concerning the issue of slavery.

1854: Many Indian tribes forced to settle on Kansas “reservations” cede their lands in various treaties to the U.S. Government.

1855-1858: Parts of eastern Kansas become known as “Bleeding Kansas,” due to violence between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers.
One incident, known as the Pottawatomie Massacre, involved the murder of five slavery advocates by the fugitive John Brown.

1861: Kansas is admitted to the Union as a free state after the establishment of the Wyandotte Constitution, which outlawed slavery in the state. It became the 34th state.

1863: The city of Lawrence is burned by pro-slavery guerillas from Missouri. 150 people are killed.

1860s-1880’s: Kansas becomes a major ranching center and stockyards built in Abilene attract cattle drives from Texas. The area also becomes well-known for its lawlessness and Wild Bill Hicock becomes Marshall of Abilene in 1871.

1876-1884: Dodge City becomes a boomtown as the terminus of the Great Western Cattle Trail. The city becomes a typical “Wild West” atmosphere with numerous saloons, gambling halls and gun battles.

1881: Kansas becomes the first state to enact prohibition laws, making the possession or sale of alcoholic beverages illegal.

 

Explorations of Francisco Coronado

Louisiana Purchase

Santa Fe Trail and Westward Expansion

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Bleeding Kansas and the John Brown Rebellion

American Civil War

Union States in the Civil War

Brown vs the Board of Education

 

Kansas People

 
 
Amelia Earhart
 

Amelia Earhart

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Kansas in Detail

 
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