Kansas Legends

Welcome to the Legends of Ahhhs!


Kansas – The Sunflower State

While some may say that Kansas is “flat as a pancake,” and maybe some parts of it are, it’s also just “flat great!”

Interestingly, Kansas has 12 designated scenic byways, three of them named for the hills in which they are located: Flint Hills, Glacial Hills and Gypsum Hills.

To truly see and appreciate the state, one must venture off of I-70 and meander down a few back roads where they might see some interesting geographical features in places called Castle Rock and Twin Butte in Western Kansas. Or, in northeast Kansas, one can almost taste the adventure in old riverfront cities such as Atchison and White Cloud.

Bleeding Kansas,” as the state was once referred to, is  rich in history, with such characters as the lawless John Brown during the Civil War; lawman Wyatt Earp in Dodge City; and the Dalton Gang, who wrecked havoc on the state and were finally shot and killed in Coffeyville.

This is a just a little of what the state has to offer.  You will also find great people in the State of Kansas!  Enjoy your travels in Kansas and welcome to the Legends Of “Ahs!”

Kathy R. Weiser

P.S.  I can say Kansas is flat (at least in some places), because I grew up there.

Monument Rocks, Kansas by Kathy Weiser

Monument Rocks, Kansas by Kathy Weiser

Kansas State Flag – On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower. Also, the state seal and the word “Kansas.” In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto “To the Stars Through Difficulties.” On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagon train heading west and Native Americans hunting bison.

Dodge City Boot Hill Museum

Dodge City Boot Hill Museum

Also See:

Legends of Kansas, where the history of the Sunflower State is explored in depth

Kansas Greetings


Bat Masterson – King of the Gunplayers
Baxter Springs – 1st Kansas Cowtown
The Battle of Beecher Island
Bleeding Kansas & the Missouri Border War
The Bloody Benders of Labette County
Brookville – Another Crazy Cowtown
Buffalo Bill Cody – American Frontiersman
Caldwell, Kansas – The Wicked Border Queen
Corps of Discovery – The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Council Grove – Supplying the Santa Fe Trail
The Deadly Daltons
Dodge City – A Wicked Little Town

Dodge City Newspaper Accounts
The Beginnings of Dodge City
Hamilton Bell – Transforming Wicked Dodge City
Hell-Raising Dodge
Long Branch Saloon, Dodge City
Long Branch Saloon Shootout
Populating Boot Hill

Elk Falls – World’s Largest Living Ghost Town
Ellsworth – Another Wicked Kansas Cowtown
Empire City – A Living Ghost Town
Forgotten LeHunt
Fort Dodge – History & Hauntings
Fort Harker – Protecting the Kansas Trails
Fort Larned – Guarding the Santa Fe Trail
Frontier Trails of Kansas
Galena – A Lead Mining Maven
Ghost Towns of Kansas
Glacial Hills Scenic Byway
Ghostly Theorosa Bridge in Valley Center
Great Bend – Booming on the Santa Fe Trail 
The Great Western Cattle Trail
Haunted Atchison
Heroines of the Plains
Hide Park Gunfight/Newton Massacre
Hollenberg Pony Express
James H. Lane – Grim Leader in the Free-State Fight
John Brown – Crusading Against Slavery
Kansas Cowtowns – Lawlessness on the Prairie
Kansas Forts
Kansas Fun Facts & Trivia
Kansas Photographs & Prints
Kansas Jayhawkers – Terror in the Civil War
Kansas Postcards
Lawrence – From Ashes to Immortality

The Haunted Eldridge Hotel
Lawrence Massacre
The Sacking of Lawrence

Leavenworth –  First City in Kansas
Luke Short – A Dandy Gunfighter
Missouri Bushwhackers – Attacks Upon Kansas
Monument Rocks – Pyramids of the Plains
Mysterious Dave Mather – Lawman or Outlaw?
Nicodemus – A Black Pioneer Town
Tom Nixon – Buffalo Hunter & Lawman
Oregon Trail – Pathway to the West
The Pawnee Indians – Farmers on the Plains
Pony Express – Fasted Mail Across the West

Pony Express Stations
Riders of the Pony Express

Quirky Kansas – Curiosities & Roadside Attractions
The Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas
The Nation’s Largest Sunflower
Riverton – Route 66 Tiny Town
Route 66 through Kansas
Santa Fe Trail – Highway to the Southwest

Indian Attacks at Pawnee Rock
Nine Mile Ridge Massacre
Tales of the Santa Fe Trail

Smoky Hill Trail – Heading for Gold

Denver via the Butterfield Overland Dispatch

The Stevens County War — Bloodiest County Seat War
Talbot Cowboys Shootout
Tips For Travelers In The Midwest
Thomas “Bear River” Smith – Marshaling Abilene 
Trail History in Kansas
Treasure Hunting on the Kansas Prairie
Ulysses – Born Twice and Still Kickin!
Wakarusa War
Wichita – Roadtrip to Old Cowtown Museum
Writing Credits
Wyatt Earp – Frontier Lawman of the American West
You Know You’re In Kansas When ….


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