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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”.

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

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did the Santa Fe Trail bring hundreds of people through Kansas?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is the capital of Kansas?

    • Wichita
    • Topeka
    • Kansas City
  • Which classic movie began in Kansas?

    • Gone With the Wind
    • Rebecca
    • The Wizard of OZ
  • What is its nickname?

    • The Sunflower State
    • Santa Fe Trail State
    • Prairie State
  • What is the state song?

    • Swanee River
    • Home on the Range
    • Kansas Home
  • What is the state bird?

    • Western meadowlark
    • Woodcock
    • Wild pigeon
  • What is the state tree?

    • Oak
    • Cottonwood
    • Chestnut
  • What is the state animal?

    • Bull
    • Bison
    • Wild mule
  • What is the state fish?

    • River trout
    • Channel catfish
    • Salmon

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