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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

bunnyhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

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

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 2 months ago

"For the love of God, John Brown was not a Kansan!!!!!"- RI

Thank You! Neither was William Burroughs.

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H_Lecter 2 years, 2 months ago

Herb Clutter would be 100 years old.

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doc1 2 years, 2 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?

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 2 months ago

What kind of question is this?

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prospector 2 years, 2 months ago

The Governor has been know to suck.

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labmonkey 2 years, 2 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.

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JM Andy 2 years, 2 months ago

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

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rockchalker52 2 years, 2 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.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

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

It is in my house.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 2 months ago

For the love of God, John Brown was not a Kansan!!!!!

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

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

I should got attempt a final hurrah duck massacree. This is the last day.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 2 months ago

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

Oregon Trail game in 1980s grade school computer class. Legend.

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

I think I see what you mean, but it should be reservoirs.

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

LadyJ...negative. There are spring fed, natural bodies of water.. Albeit small and far between.

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LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

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

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My_Life 2 years, 2 months ago

Kansas most interesting and fascinating site: Garden of Eden by Samuel Dinsmoor Lucas, Kansas The man was wise and verile way beyond his time.

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tange 2 years, 2 months ago

From wiki:

"It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it...."

/ "... which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind," although this was probably not the term's original meaning."

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

Happy Kansas Day! 151 years old..wow, that's a lot. State tree, Cottonwood; State song, Home on the Range..We could do this all day long. Gosh..world's largest hand dug well, largest ball of twine, William Inge (former KU grad.), Bill Kurtis, Harry Sinclair, Sam Ford, Scott Hastings, all noteworthy Kansans. Home of the Prarie Squid also.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

Neat pictures, and excellent teaching!

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RoeDapple 2 years, 2 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!

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice pictures.

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

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