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As Kansas enters its 151st year, we thought everyone could use a refresher on our state facts. We visited with local fourth-graders, who just so happen to be studying Kansas history. Here’s what they had to share.

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“One of Kansas’ facts is we are one of the most-farming states. ”

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“One fact about Kansas is that the state bird is the Western Meadowlark.”

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“My best Kansas fact is that on the Oregon Trail, the wagons could hold about 2,000 pounds.”

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“Kansas is part of Tornado Alley.”

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“Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas.”

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“Kansas is in the middle of the USA.”

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“Did you know that Kansas’ most famous animal is the buffalo? ”

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“My two facts about Kansas is that the state flower is the sunflower, and the state reptile is the box turtle.”

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“I’m talking about the Civil War. It was bloody, it was gory and there were a lot of people who got killed, a lot of people who got injured, a lot of people who were in the Civil War in Kansas. ”

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“Kansas is turning a 151 years old (today).”

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

Nice pictures.

But who took them? They deserve credit for their work!

RoeDapple 2 years, 10 months ago

Good answers kids!

The Spaniards first explored Kansas territory in 1541.

132 years before the French, who came in through the back door by way of . . . Canada!

geekin_topekan 2 years, 10 months ago

Anthropology says that there were millions of people in and through here tens of thousands of years before the Spanish. In fact, if you include all the AMericas there were an estimated 100M people in the western hemisphere when Columbus landed.

TopJayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

The State was not named after the River. The River is actually the Kaw. And the State just changed it to the Kansas a few yrs ago.

If that is ibn wiki. It is just wrong and dumb.

TopJayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

The State was not named after the River. The River is actually the Kaw. And the State just changed it to the Kansas a few yrs ago.

If that is ibn wiki. It is just wrong and dumb.

TopJayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

The State was not named after the River. The River is actually the Kaw. And the State just changed it to the Kansas a few yrs ago.

If that is on wiki. It is just wrong and dumb.

TopJayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

The State was not named after the River. The River is actually the Kaw. And the State just changed it to the Kansas a few yrs ago.

If that is ibn wiki. It is just wrong and dumb.

LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

All ponds in Kansas are man made, so I've been told.

iron_outlaw 2 years, 10 months ago

I am not sure why this got stuck here. It was for rara.

LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

Further internet searching says "most" lakes and ponds in Kansas are man made.

iconions 2 years, 10 months ago

No, but he is an excellent wide receiver / punt returner for Pitt State - Go Rillas!

RoeDapple 2 years, 10 months ago

"I made biscuits and gravy this morning. Isn't that the State breakfast?"

It is in my house.

rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

In grade school, we celebrated the 100th Kansas Day by dressing up as pioneers (dirty jeans & a felt hat) and making cornbread in the classroom. Did you know the Pioneers used Jiffy Mix & Coleman camp stoves? Mrs. Morrow did not share well. She was very fond of cornbread.

JM Andy 2 years, 10 months ago

@RETICENT_IRREVERENT ... Neither is Fred Phelps. How did we manage to attract these nut jobs?

labmonkey 2 years, 10 months ago

A lady in western Kansas once sat on the toilet in her trailer home for 2 years... so long that her skin grew around it and it became a part of her.

doc1 2 years, 10 months ago

I thought you were Joking about the lady on the toilet seat for two years. I googled the story and WOW. How the heck?

pace 2 years, 10 months ago

Many people are Kansans, who weren't born here, but were here by choice.

bunnyhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

This may be my all time favorite 'on the street'!!!!!!!

H_Lecter 2 years, 10 months ago

perfect BMW convertible song

...or a Pulp Fiction murder scene

both.

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