Kansas Fun Facts & Trivia
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Kansas entered the Union
as a Free State on January 29, 1861.
Branch Saloon really did exist in
One of the owners, William Harris, was a former resident of Long Branch,
New Jersey and named the
his hometown in the 1880’s. The
Branch Saloon still exists in Dodge City
and can be seen at Dodge City's
Though most people say that
is "flatter" than a pancake and it certainly look like it is, it actually
slopes from an elevation of more than 4,000 feet long the
border to 700 feet on the
1827, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is
the oldest military post in continuous operation west of the Mississippi.
State Game rules prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks.
It is illegal to
shoot rabbits from a motorboat in the State of Kansas.
According to some
Kid was afraid of only one man. That man, who was known as "Dirty”
Dave Rudabaugh, was an outlaw from
before making his way to
and joining up with the "Kid’s” gang.
Branch Saloon today, May, 2004, David Alexander. This
image available for photographic prints
In 1901, Governor
William Stanley declared, "We cannot afford to have the state made a
dumping ground for the dependent children of other states, especially
New York." This statement was made in response to the Orphan Trains
movement, which spanned the turn of the century and brought hundred of
orphans to the State of Kansas.
State University College of Veterinary Medicine waterbeds for horses
are used in surgery.
In Salina it is against the law to leave
your car running unattended.
William Purvis and
Charles Wilson of Goodland, Kansas
invented the helicopter in 1909
The First United Methodist Church in
Hutchinson was built in 1874 during the time of the grasshopper
plagues. Grasshoppers, or no, the work on the church continued and as
a result, thousands of grasshoppers are mixed into the mortar of the
original building's foundation.
Musical car horns are banned in Russell,
There is a grain
elevator in Hutchinson, Kansas
that is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels of grain.
Helium was discovered in 1905 at the
University of Kansas.
The Boulevard Drive-In Theater in Merriam, was the first drive-in in
the world to install digital sound. Built in 1950, the drive-in
continues to operate today, with the best sound system of all of the
remaining drive-ins in the country.
is the windiest city in the United States, with an average wind speed of
14 miles per hour.
proudly boasts the world's largest easel. Sitting atop the 80 foot,
40,000 pound steel easel, is a giant replica of Vincent Van Gough's
Hot and Cold Water Towers in Canton,
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"Hot” and "cold” water towers stand in Pratt,
This "joke” was first labeled on the side-by-side water towers in 1956.
Furthermore, Pratt's not the only town boasting the "hot" and "cold.".
Another pair can also be found in Canton,
The Mahaffie Stagecoach
Stop in Olathe, was the first eating station for westbound passengers on
Fe Trail in 1863.
The first restaurant chain in the U.S. was the
Houses, that started in 1876 to serve railroad travelers. The
Museum can be seen Florence and Fred Harvey's home in
Any person convicted of
using or carrying bean snappers in Wichita will be fined.
At one time it was
against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World.
The term "red light
district" came from the Red Light Bordello in
The front door of the building was made of red glass and produced a red
glow to the outside world when lit at night. The name carried over to
refer to the town's brothel district.
it is illegal to spit on a sidewalk.
Almon Stowger of El Dorado invented the dial telephone in 1889.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the
34th President of the United States, was from Abilene.
Riding an animal down the
road is against the law in Derby, Kansas.
a tiny town of less than 500 residents, is the officially designated
"Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas,”
due to its numerous artistic displays.
Hutchinson is nicknamed
the Salt City because it was built above some of the richest salt deposits
in the world. Salt is still actively mined, processed and shipped from
There are 27 Walnut
Creeks in the state of Kansas.
If you’re going to cross
a highway at night in Kansas,
you are required to wear tail lights.
Amelia Earhart, the first
woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Associate and
the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was from
All places of business in
are required to provide a horse water trough.
The three largest herds
are located on public lands at the Maxwell Game Preserve in McPherson, the
Big Basin in Ashland, and the Buffalo Game Preserve in Garden City.
was the cradle of the United States Cavalry for 83 years.
George Armstrong Custer formed the famed 7th Cavalry there in 1866.
Ten years later, at the
the Little Big Horn, the 7th was virtually wiped out. The only Cavalry
survivor was a horse named Comanche, whose stuffed body is on display at
the University of Kansas
Natural History Museum in
courtesy of Betty Daniel Gudat of
San Antonio, Texas
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"I had never seen the plains or anything like them ... Whoever
crossed the plains at that period, notwithstanding its herds of buffalo
and flocks of antelope, its wild horses, deer and fleet rabbits, could
hardly fail to be impressed with its vastness and silence and the
appearance everywhere of an innocent primitive existence...."
Whittredge, Artist who traveled to the West in 1866