Facts About Kansas

Kansas is an interesting state that has lots to offer. If you would like to learn more about The Sunflower State, read on!

Kansas gets its name from the Native American tribe, Kansa, whom once inhabited the area. There are many tribes who have called Kansas home. Usually, those who lived in the Eastern part of the state established villages in aside river valleys, while those in the Western part were semi-nomadic.

Agriculture is one of the top industries in the state. Soybeans, wheat, sorghum, and corn are all produced in abundance here. Some common industrial outputs include petroleum, chemical products, food processing, transportation equipment, and private and commercial aircraft.

Though Native Americans had inhabited the area for a millennia, the first European to come to the state was Spanish conquistador, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in 1541. It became a state in 1861, when it became the 34th state admitted into the union. Its first governor, Dr. Charles Robinson, chose Topeka to become the capital the following year.

There are a total of 627 incorporated cities in the state. The top five most populated cities, in order, are Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Olathe and Topeka.

Rivers are abundant throughout the state. In fact, 70 miles of its northern border is defined by the Missouri River. Other known rivers that run through the state include The Arkansas, The Kansas, The Solomon, The Saline, and The Spring River.

There are a number of National Parks and Historic Sites that call Kansas home. The Oregon National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and California National Trail are some examples.

Weather is very diverse in the state of Kansas. In the Western third of the state, summers are typically rather hot, with minimal humidity, while winters change between warmth and very cold. On the other hand, the south central and southeaster portions of the state hot and very humid summers with milder winters.

There are a number of famous people who hail from Kansas. These include singer Melissa Etheridge, singer Joe Walsh, singer Martina McBride, actress Kirstie Alley, actor Dennis Hopper, and former president, Dwight Eisenhower.

The only major league sports team with a home base in Kansas is the soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. Due to its close proximity to Kansas City, Missouri, many Kansans support major league teams from there, including the MLB team, The Kansas City Royals, and the NFL team, The Kansas City Chiefs.

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