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Learning About the U.S. State of Kansas

Kansas is the 34th state to join the Union. It is a lovely state where tall and beautiful sunflowers grow. The name of the state comes from the Kansa or Kaw Indians. It is a Sioux Indian term that means “south wind people”. The Santa Fe Trail brought hundreds of wagons through Kansas in 1822 and the population of the state grew as settlers decided to stay. Dodge City became the largest cattle market in the world. Within Kansas’s borders is the magnetic center mark for all of North America. All land surveys in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico use this as a reference point. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous (connected) states is located in a Kansas pasture. Kansas reminds most people about the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” which began in the state of Kansas and took a little girl named Dorothy on a great adventure to a land where she said that famous line “I guess we’re not in Kansas anymore”.

  • Question of

    Does the name of the state mean “south wind people”?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did the Santa Fe Trail bring hundreds of people through Kansas?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    What is the capital of Kansas?

    • Wichita
    • Topeka
    • Kansas City
  • Question of

    Which classic movie began in Kansas?

    • Gone With the Wind
    • Rebecca
    • The Wizard of OZ
  • Question of

    What is its nickname?

    • The Sunflower State
    • Santa Fe Trail State
    • Prairie State
  • Question of

    What is the state song?

    • Swanee River
    • Home on the Range
    • Kansas Home
  • Question of

    What is the state bird?

    • Western meadowlark
    • Woodcock
    • Wild pigeon
  • Question of

    What is the state tree?

    • Oak
    • Cottonwood
    • Chestnut
  • Question of

    What is the state animal?

    • Bull
    • Bison
    • Wild mule
  • Question of

    What is the state fish?

    • River trout
    • Channel catfish
    • Salmon


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