Kansas State Geography

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Population (1994): 2,554,000 (32nd in size)

State size: 82,277 square miles (14th in size)

State Capital: Topeka (named from an indian word meaing "a good place to dig potatoes")

Major cities: Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita

Admission to union: The 34th State

Date entered the union: January 29, 1861

Origin of state name: Named after the indian tribe the Kansas who lived in the area.

Nicknames: The Sunflower State

Bordering states: Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State flower: Sunflower

State tree: Cottonwood

Motto: To the Stars Through Difficulties


Geographic Landmarks

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Points of Interest

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  Buffalo, which was a major part of mid-west history, can still be found on reserves.


Major Industries

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  Agriculture includes wheat, hay, cattle and pigs. Manufacturing includes food processing and aircraft production. Natural resources include oil, gas and coal.


Historical Highlights

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Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Kansas

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Kansas State Flag


Kansas State Government home page

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