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As part of the state’s commemoration of the Kansas sesquicentennial, Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the top 12 Notable Kansas Events. Which would you pick as No. 1?

Response Percent Votes
Brown v. Board of Education
40% 240
Kansas-Nebraska Act
11% 71
Dust Bowl
7% 45
Indian Removal
7% 44
Cattle Drives
6% 38
Women’s Rights
5% 31
Railroad Development
4% 26
Wheat Industry
4% 26
Aviation Industry
3% 23
Overland Trails
2% 17
Other (please specify in the comments)
2% 16
Rural Electrification
2% 13
Reform Movements
1% 7
Total 597


DennisAnderson 6 years, 3 months ago

Here is the governor's office's descriptions of the events:

Overland Trails: In 1821, the first party left Missouri headed for Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail. This event was the official opening of the Santa Fe Trail. Overland trails helped the nation expand to new territories and initiate international trade.

Indian Removal: In 1838, the Pottawatomie Trail of Death ended in Kansas. Under the Indian Removal Act, 859 Pottawatomie people were forced to walk more than 600 miles to Kansas. Hundreds of native people died as a result.

Kansas-Nebraska Act: In 1854, U.S. President Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act into law. The act created the Kansas Territory which became a battleground for proslavery and antislavery forces known as “Bleeding Kansas.”

Railroad Development: In 1859, the Kansas Territorial Legislature chartered the Santa Fe Railway and helped launch railroad development in the state.

Women's Rights: In 1859, discussions and debates of the Wyandotte constitution included women’s rights. Provisions regarding child custody, property rights for married women and equality for public schools were included in the state constitution approved by Kansas Territory voters and Congress.

Wheat Industry: In 1862, the Kansas Legislature formed the Kansas Agricultural Society. This organization would later become the State Department of Agriculture, and it promoted Kansas to prospective settlers, including Volga German farmers with agricultural skills.

Cattle Drives: In 1867, the first load of cattle to be shipped via rail left Kansas. This positioned Kansas as a leader in the beef industry; first as the place where Texas cattle were driven to be shipped to the East, then as a producer of beef from shorthorn cattle and Herefords.

Reform Movements: In 1881, Kansas adopted prohibition as part of the state’s constitution. Alcohol consumption was just one of the many health and safety concerns that reformers campaigned against.

Aviation Industry: In 1925, the Travel Air Manufacturing Company was established. Aviation innovators Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman created this company and later went on to form their own aviation manufacturing operations.

Dust Bowl: In 1935, a massive front darkened the entire Midwest in clouds of dust. The day became known as Black Sunday. Drought conditions, over grazing, and large portions of cultivated land led to the Dust Bowl in the Midwest.

Rural Electrification: In 1938, rural electrification reached Kansas. Electricity allowed farmers and families to take advantage of modern conveniences and increase productivity.

Brown v. Board of Education: In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its unanimous ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This landmark decision laid a foundation of equal rights and opportunities for all. It demonstrated that educational opportunity and achievement are core values.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

Womens' rights, to remind us of when we were a progressive state and a model for the rest of the nation; now we are becoming a laughing stock.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 3 months ago

the absurdity of your hysterical posts makes me laugh.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 3 months ago

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billbodiggens 6 years, 3 months ago

There absolutely has got to be more to ya than where the good lord split ya.

billbodiggens 6 years, 3 months ago

That was a reply to rockdust77. Don't seem to get the hang of these reply radio buttons.

bd 6 years, 3 months ago

We are not keeping here! Don't like it ,,,,leave! Kansas will not change!

The joke is on you! LOL!

Tea anyone???

Kim Murphree 6 years, 3 months ago

I'd have to say the four big floods; 1844 bluff to bluff, 1903; 1935, and especially 1951. The 1951 flood certainly had the most impact, if only because of the increased population. I know many people cite 1993, but 1951 is the flood that changed so much of how Kansas regulates waterways.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

kansas nebraska act and Indian removal.....between 1825 and 1848, three bands of Shawnee, Delaware, four Illini tribes, Kickapoo, Citizen Band Potawatomi, Quapaw, Chippewa, Sac and Fox of Missouri, Iowa, Odawa, Munsee, Miami, Sac and Fox of Iowa, New York Indians, Prairie Band Potawatomi, and Wyandotte Nations were moved here to lands ceded away by the resident Kansa and Osage Nations in 1825. The Kansas-Nebraska Act forced the cession of 13 and half million acres of tribal lands in the 1850's. Without the Kansas-Nebraska Act none of the historcally clueless people could live here now. It's no accident that the cities of Leavenworth, Atchison, and Topeka have 1854 on their city seals. That's when the theft happened.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 3 months ago

While I agree that much of what was done to Native Americans was horrible, certainly there must be some sort of statute of limitations.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

why should there be a statute of limitations? you're still benefitting from the theft as is Baker and Harley.....

jhawkinsf 6 years, 3 months ago

Because the events you mentioned happened before my grandparents' grandparents were born. And a century before my family arrived here. And while I know your people were having problems here, my people were also having problems where they were.
Whatever benefit I'm receiving must be equal to the written language you're benefitting from now. We can both search long and hard and try to come up with some obscure reason for continuing to say my people this or your people that. In the end, we're both just people. I'm sorry your people lost their land. I'm sorry my people were put in ovens.
I know for a fact that you were not responsible for what happened to my people. Know also I'm not responsible for what happened to your people. And while it's fine to never forget, seeking compensation will never be achieved.

Sheryl Wiggins 6 years, 3 months ago

VERY well said j. Since I usually skip over tuschk..... after reading your comment I had to go back and read that to which you were responding.

thanksforcoming 6 years, 3 months ago

Bleeding Kansas and how the state became a state.

lward 6 years, 3 months ago

Lecompton Constitution--when Kansans rejected it, it was the beginning of the end of slavery.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 3 months ago

Yeah a lot of good history events for Kansas, like "Indian Removal". Something we all can be proud of as Kansans. Also why not include Fred Phelps and clan?

somedude20 6 years, 3 months ago

Sunday liquor sales and the day that Curry in a Hurry and Dempsey's opened were stellar events

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Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

fbwhatever, why is it that white people always think compensation is involved? why not just teach this history in class so that people on here don't so intentionally the way both my Choctaw ancestors and the Cherokees had written languages without your assumptive arrogant statement that white people brought written languages here. I guess you didn't learn that in history class either. Guilty people choose to forget or assail the past....we remember it....sorry.....

bevy 6 years, 3 months ago

tuschkahouma, I don't know about where you went to school, but I learned plenty about what the Native tribes endured. I also learned plenty about the horrible things that Native tribes did to one another, but no one ever seems to want to talk about that. I also learned about the Holocaust, the Irish Potato Famine, African Slavery, the Dust Bowl, the Depression, and a thousand other awful things that people did to one another. I'm the descendant of Irish people who were starved out, kicked off their land, forced to move to another country where they were treated like trash, and who eventually moved west and made something of their lives. The difference is - every time somebody brings up a list of historical events, I don't feel the need to make a big deal about it. Nor have I tried suing anyone to pay me for the misery of my great-great-great grandparents. While it is true that we should never forget, it is also true that spending your entire life saying "people did bad stuff to my ancestors" continues the victimization that you profess to abhor. Acknowledge it. Mourn it. Do not forget it. But move beyond it! It seems that so much of the time is all we hear from some folks is "Oh yeah? Well, you think it's bad now, you should have seen what they did to my great-great-great-great grandpa!" But those same folks offer no ideas or solutions for the problems we face today.

Saying all that doesn't make me a bigot or a hater, either.

Angela Heili 6 years, 3 months ago

"Indian Removal: In 1838, the Pottawatomie Trail of Death ended in Kansas. Under the Indian Removal Act, 859 Pottawatomie people were forced to walk more than 600 miles to Kansas. Hundreds of native people died as a result."

I just can't get my head around why anyone would do that to another human being. The same goes for the Holocaust and slavery. What made these people think it was acceptable to treat another human being in such a way? I just don't understand that.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago just sound like a denier repeating stuff that sounds like John Stoessel or Michael Medved or some other FOX network lackey....heard it before and listened to countless FOX devotees state the same nonsense over and over as part of their mantra.

bevy 6 years, 3 months ago

Trying to engage you in meaningful dialogue about this is apparently a waste of time. I'm not denying that any of these things happened. If you actually read my post, you would know that. What I'm saying is, yes, they happened, they were AWFUL for all involved. But 100+ years later, we need to move beyond blaming and finger-pointing, and find ways to work TOGETHER to ensure it never happens again. That can't happen as long as the culture of victimhood continues.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

the culture of victimhood is not the problem's the strawman for the people who have no concept of history and keep doing the same things over and over.....150 years ago railroads.....150 years later trafficways... 150 years ago the US Government and Protestant denominations... now....Protestant denominations and the willful ignorance and denigration of minority histories in this country.....what's changed... nothing....

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