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    (January 29, 1861- )
    34th state to join
    Francisco de Coronado explored the area (1541)
    Territory of Kansas & Nebraska created (May 30, 1854)
    Nickname: Sunflower State
    Capital: Topeka
    Size: 82,264 square miles (ranks 14th)
    Motto: To The Stars Through Difficulties
    Bird: Western Meadowlark
    Flower: Native Sunflower
    Tree: Cottonwood
    Song: Home On The Range
    Location of the Geodetic Center of the U.S.
    Although they have a Kansas City, the Kansas City in Missouri is much more happening.
    Kansas is known for the outlaw days with cowboys and the Wild West. Bat Masterson, Wild Bill Hickock and Wyatt Earp all lived in Dodge City.
    The windiest city in the US is Dodge City.
    Francisco de Coronado explored the area searching for the mythical kingdom of Quivira and Gold (1541).
    The land was claimed by France (1719).
    It was called the 'Great American Desert' and just thought to be waste area.
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise which opened the north to slavery (May 30, 1854).
    Temperatures ranged from -40ºF (February 13, 1905) to 121ºF (July 24, 1936).
    Jesse James gang robbed a train at Muncie, Kansas (December 8, 1874).
    The Dalton Gang was involved in a shoot-out in Coffeville during a bank holdup (October 5, 1892).
    The Kansas legislature approved censorship of motion pictures (March 13, 1913).
    Codell was hit by a tornado on the same day three years in a row, May 20th in 1916, 1917 and 1918.
    Nineteen twisters destroyed Udall Kansas (May 25, 1955).
    It is the breadbasket of the world, producing more wheat than anywhere else.
    Dorothy from the 'Wizard of Oz' wished to return home to Kansas.
    It is known for great steaks.
    The phrase for loss of innocence is 'We're not in Kansas anymore.'
    Kansas entered the US as a non-slave free state (January 29, 1861).
    Baseball great Walter Johnson, golfer Amy Alcott, Walter Chrysler, Amelia Earhart, Damon Runyan and actress ZaSu Pitts were born in Kansas.
    Kansas' Charles Curtis was the first Native American US senator (January 23, 1907) and then U.S. Vice President (March 4, 1929).
    Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages (February 19, 1881).
    Kansas passed the first US antitrust law (March 1889).
    Leavenworth became the first federal penitentiary (February 1, 1906- ).
    The 1st US female treasurer was Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas.
    D J Tholen discovered asteroid #3124 which he named 'Kansas' (November 3, 1981).
    The TV series 'Gunsmoke,' 'Phil Silvers,' 'Custer,' 'Quest,' 'Paper Moon' and 'Road West' were set in Kansas.
    Superboy's hometown was Smallville in Kansas.
    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 85 Votes: 5.88% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 85 Votes: 43.53% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 37 Votes: 62.16% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 59 Votes: 77.97% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
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