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34th State (January 29, 1861), great plains U.S.


State Abbreviation: KS

Nickname: Sunflower State, Wheat State, Jayhawker State, and Midway, USA

Origin of Name: Named after the Indians that the Sioux called the Konza, meaning "people of the south wind"




Kansas State Symbols :

Capital: Topeka
Motto: Ad Astra Per Aspera (To the Stars Through Difficulties)
Kansas State Seal
Amphibian: Barred Tiger Salamander
Animal: American Buffalo
Bird: Western Meadowlark
Flower: Wild Native Sunflower
Insect: The Honeybee
Reptile: Ornate Box Turtle
Song: Home on the Range
Tree: Cottonwood

Kansas State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

Kansas is the number one wheat producing state in the United States.

Major Rivers: Arkansas River, Kansas River , Missouri River, Republican River, Smoky Hill River

Famous Kansans

Gwendolyn Brooks poet (1917-)
African American Poet

Eva Jessye (1895-1992)
Grand dame of Black music in America

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)

Dr. Samuel Crumbine , Health Crusader
He changed the way we live today.

Walter P. Chrysler (1875-1940)
Auto manufacturer and founder of the Chrysler Corporation.

Frank and Dan Carney (founders of Pizza Hut)
Two brothers who opened the first Pizza Hut restaurant on June 15, 1958 in Wichita.

Ron Evans , Astronaut (1933-1990)

Emmett Kelly , clown (1898-1979)

Things to Do

Kansas State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

Learn about Kansas' geology.

From Sea to Prairie
A Primer of Kansas Geology.

American Buffalo : Spirit of a Nation
PBS Nature site with info on the history of the American Buffalo.

Orphan Trains of Kansas
History of the orphan trains sent to Kansas in1854

Things To Do-Other Sites

Kansas Flag color page

Bison = American Buffalo
Bison color picture and information on the bison.

Symbols of Kansas Printable activity sheets
about Kansas Symbols.

Play online games

Kansas Symbols Game


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