Thursday, June 23

Facts about Kansas

Happy day to you!! 

May you learn something cool today.

Have you ever been to Kansas before? If you have never visited, are you ready to learn some cool facts about Kansas? Joey and Jinger love learning cool facts about all of the different states. They would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about Iowa. This week we are posting cool facts about Kansas.

Did you know that Kansas was the 34th state to join the union? Yes, that is right! Kansas officially joined the union on January 29, 1861! Kansas is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Kansas is bordered by four (4) states: Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nebraska. Kansas is the fifteenth (15th)largest state in the United States. Kansas is one of the bigger states. There are about 2,919,179 people living in Kansas. Did you know that Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Kansas? Amelia Earhart was an author and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 


What famous person lives in your state?


Cool facts about Kansas:

1. A few things Kansas is known for are: the Wizard of Oz, wheat, and oil wells. The nicknames for the state of Kansas are: The Sunflower State, the Jayhawker State, and the Wheat State. The Sunflower State is Kansas’s official nickname. The Sunflower State became Kansas’ official nickname sometime in 1903. The Kansas state motto is Ad astra per aspera. Ad astra per aspera means, “to the stars through difficulties.” The Kansas state motto was adopted on May 25, 1861. The abbreviation for Kansas is KS.

2. The capital of Kansas is Topeka. Topeka officially became the capital of Kansas sometime in 1861. Topeka has an estimated population of around 125,963 people.

3. The Kansas state bird is the Western meadowlark. The Western meadowlark was chosen as the state bird for Kansas in 1937. The Western meadowlarks have a bright beautiful yellow color on its neck, underneath, and chest area. It also has a black v shape on its chest area. They have a mixture of black, brown, and a creamy grey coloring on their backs, tails, and wings.

4. The Kansas official state flower is the Wild Sunflower. The Wild Sunflower is an annual flowering plant that can be found growing throughout the state of Kansas. The Wild Sunflower starts blooming during the late spring and summer months. Although some people claim it is a weed, the Wild Sunflower is a very beautiful flower. The Kansas Wild Sunflower became Kansas’ official state flower in 1897.

5. Kansas’s state flag was officially adopted on March 23, 1927. The flag was designed by Hazel Avery. Hazel Avery was a seamstress that lived in Kansas. Kansas’ state flag has blue background. The twisted gold and blue bar under the sunflower means that Kansas was part of the Louisiana purchase. The flag has Kansas’ state seal on it.

6. Some crops that are grown in Kansas are: corn, millet, soy bean, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Kansas are: the Garden of Eden located in Lucas, Kansas, the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum located in Atchison, Kansas, and the OZ Museum located in Wamego, Kansas.

8. Some animals that live in Kansas are: bats, chipmunks, deer, foxes, rabbits, skunks, otters, and pigeons.

9. Kansas can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Kansas was 121 degrees Fahrenheit in Fredonia, Kansas on July 18, 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Kansas was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Lebanon , Kansas on February 13, 1905.


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Books about Kansas:

1. S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet by Devin Scillian

2. What's Great about Kansas? by Darice Bailer

3. Kansas, Kansas, What Do You See? by Stephanie Suppes

4. My First Book About Kansas! by Carole Marsh

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Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Kentucky! Thank you for reading my post!! Don’t forget that "One small positive thought can change your whole day."-Zig Ziglar



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