Cawker City, Kansas
lays claims to the world’s largest ball of twine with a 38 foot
circumference, weighing almost 17,000 pounds, and still growing.
In Hutchison stands a ½ mile long
elevator that contains 1,000 bins and holds 46 million bushels.
In Derby, Kansas,
if you hit a vending machine after it stole your money, you are breaking
South of Ashland the Rock Island
Bridge spanning the Cimarron River is the longest railroad bridge of its
kind, at 1,200 feet in length and 100 feet above the river bed.
The Arkansas River may be the only
river whose pronunciation changes as it crosses state lines. In Kansas,
it is called the Arkansas (ahr-KAN-zuhs). On both sides of Kansas
it is called the Arkansaw.
A hailstone weighing more
than one and a half pounds once fell on Coffeyville.
In Lawrence it
is illegal to wear a bee in your hat.
Alvin "Creepy” Karpis, a notorious
outlaw in the 1930’s and a member of the Barker gang, was raised in
has the distinction of being the location of the only exorcism in U.S.
history to be paid for by the military.
passed thru six states, including Kansas.
All cars entering the Lawrence
city limits must first sound their horn to warn the horses of their
Topeka, Kansas was
the scene of many a gun battle, but the most bizarre incident occurred in
House of Representatives where Boston Corbett, the reported killer of John
Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, ran amuck. Corbett threatened to
kill several state congressmen for stalling legislation; he finally
surrendered his weapon without shooting anyone and was sent to an insane
The world famous
fast-food chain of Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in
one of the two sources of helium in the U.S.
There were no
attacks reported on the
as the travelers passed through the state.
Catching fish with your
bare hands in Kansas is illegal.
By 1880, approximately
40,000 black people had left the South for new lives in Kansas, a
wave of emigration known as "the Exodus." The "Exodusters” built numerous
all African-American towns during this time, only one of which remains
today. Nicodemus, Kansas, now a virtual
ghost town, has gained recognition as a National Historic Site
The world's largest hand
dug well is in Greensburg, Kansas.
Silent comedian Buster Keaton, of
early film success, was from Piqua, Kansas.
In Overland Park, it is
against the law to picket a funeral.
the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
which gave African-American men the right to vote.
The hide and head of the first MGM Lion, Leo,
is at the McPherson Museum.
William Clark Quantrill and his band of ruthless raiders attacked
Kansas/Missouri Border War that began six years before the start of the
Civil War. Burning Lawrence to
the ground and killing more than 180 men and boys, the men fled at the
sound of approaching Union troops.
Jesse James learned their methods of gunmanship and murder under the
command of William Quantrill.
The first national hamburger chain started in Kansas when
Walter Anderson opened the first White Castle hamburger restaurant in
Wichita in 1921. You can still eat slyders - in Chicago, New York,
or St. Louis.
illegal to "screech” your tires in Derby.
of America, updated March, 2017.