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US State located in Midwestern United States

  • The State of Kansas is named after the native American tribes which inhabited the area.
  • Kansas means "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind".
  • Kansas is the 15th most extensive and the 34th most populous of the 50 US states.
  • The geographic center of Kansas is located in Barton County.
  • The population density of Kansas is 52.9 people per square mile.
  • A grain elevator in Hutchinson is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins.
  • Dodge City is the windiest city in the US.
  • The first woman mayor in the US was Susan Madora Salter. She was elected to office in Argonia in 1887.
  • There are 27 Walnut Creeks in the state.
  • Hutchinson is nicknamed the Salt City because it was built above some of the richest salt deposits in the world.
  • Salt is still actively mined, processed and shipped from Hutchinson.
  • The world famous fast-food chain of Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita.
  • The state animal symbol is the American Buffalo.
  • The state insect emblem is the Honeybee.
  • Spanish explorer Coronado entered Kansas in 1541 searching for gold.
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