Happy Kansas Day!

Today was Happy Kansas Day. . .

Happy National Kansas Day ! !

The History:
State Origination: Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado visits Kansas searching for gold in 1541. Frenchman Robert Cavelier de La Salle claims Kansas for France in 1682. The United States purchases Kansas from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Lewis and Clark pass through Kansas on their way out west in 1804. The Territory of Kansas was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from May 30, 1854, until January 29, 1861, when the eastern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the free state of Kansas. Many came from Germany but many others were living near the Volga River in Russia. They called themselves Volga-German or German-Russian. Swedish pioneers who moved to central Kansas in the mid-1800s called their new home “framtidslandet,” the land of the future. Many left Sweden when famine threatened starvation.

Kansas the State: Kansas is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita. Kansas is a landlocked state bordered by Nebraska to the north; Missouri to the east; Oklahoma to the south; and Colorado to the west. Kansas was admitted to the Union on 29th January 1861, as the 34th state.

The Wizard of Oz: Kansas was the state featured in the 1929 movie “The Wizard Of Oz”. The movie was released on August 25, 1939 in the U.S., directed by Victor Fleming with a budget of $2.8 million. The movie was adapted from the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by author L. Frank Baum which was published on May 17, 1900.

The Dust Bowl: The “Dust Bowl” was a dreaded phenomenon that was the largest weather disaster that was directly caused by decades of ill activity man created by lack of the proper knowledge skills to preserve a land’s environment. For decades leading up to the disaster, mankind kept using the disk plow which dug too deep into the soil of the plains and pulverized the dirt and made in featherlight. To make matters worse, mankind kept digging up the grassland to plant for aid to economic depression of both Europe and the United States, with legislation to pay farmers more than the value of the crops. The Dust Bowl also was brought on by natural effects of extended drought and unusually high temperatures. Poor agricultural practices and the resulting wind erosion all contributed to making the Dust Bowl. President Herbert Hoover then finally admitted it was a disaster when the winds blew the dust all the way to Washington D.C. U.S. Congress established the Soil Erosion Service and the Prairie States Forestry Project in 1935. The Dust Bowl effected Kansas and other U.S. States. A great book with the subject of the Dust Bowl is listed here:

Kansas’s Statehood Facts:

  • Date: January 29, 1861
  • Capital: Topeka
  • Population: 2.935 million (2021)
  • Size: 82,278 square miles
  • Nicknames: The Sunflower State & The Wheat State
  • State Mottos: Ad astra per aspera (to the stars through difficulties)
  • Tree: Cottonwood
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Flower: Wild Sunflower
Kansas Officially Adopted as a U.S. State, State Song, Admission Date & Kansas Flag
State Name Info
State Song
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31st State. Kansas Territory (partial)
“Hood Go Crazy” by Tech N9ne
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See: Officially Adopted as a U.S. States, State Songs, Admission Dates & Flags at: National States And Capitals Day! – 2022 US State's Flags '22.jpg

Some Great Kansas Sites:  Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in Kansas:

  • Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark
  • Drinkwater and Schriver Flour Mill, Cedar Point
  • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
  • Wetlands near Lawrence
  • Flint Hills near Alma
  • Wichita
  • The Sauer Castle, Kansas City
  • Waterfalls at the Geary County Lake
  • St Fidelis Church, Victoria
  • Kansas Lavender Fields, Topeka
  • Oxford Grist Mill
  • North of Lyons

Some Great Kansas Sites: Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in Kansas:

  • September 1, 1821 – First party leaves Missouri headed for Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail.
  • November 4, 1838 – Potawatomi Trail of Death ends in Kansas.
  • May 30, 1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act signed into law by U.S. President Franklin Pierce.
  • February 11, 1859 – The Santa Fe Railway is chartered by Kansas Territorial Legislature.
  • July 5, 1859 – Women’s rights included in discussions of Wyandotte Constitution.
  • March 5, 1862 – The Kansas Legislature formed the Kansas Agricultural Society.
  • September 5, 1867 – The first load of cattle to be shipped via rail from Kansas.
  • May 1, 1881 – Kansas prohibition takes effect.
  • January 26, 1925 – Travel Air Manufacturing Company established.
  • April 14, 1935 – A massive front darkens the entire Midwest in clouds of dust on Black Sunday.
  • April 1, 1938 – Rural electrification reaches Kansas.
  • May 17, 1954 – The U.S. Supreme Court announces its unanimous ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.


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Happy Kansas Day!

Band & Concert Update – 2023

See my post: Kansas (The Band) Update – 2023 with band details, an update, concert plans and set lists for both the “Audio-Visons” and the “Vinyl Confessions” tours of the 1980’s, plus great photos!

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