Interesting Facts About Kansas

Kansas is a Midwestern state in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American “Heartland”. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa tribe, who inhabited the area. The tribe’s name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean “people of the wind” or “people of the south wind”, although this was probably not the term’s original meaning. Residents of Kansas are called “Kansans”.

  • Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Russell Springs in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.
  • At Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine waterbeds are used in surgery for horses.
  • The graham cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham. He was a minister who strongly believed in eating whole-wheat flour products.
  • Sumner County is known as the Wheat Capital of the World.
  • In 1919 the first airplane factory in Kansas was built in Wichita, which became one of the nation’s top plane manufacturing cities.
  • A grain elevator in Hutchinson is ½ mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins.
  • Dwight Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, was born in Abeline, Kansas in 1890.
  • The Hugoton Gas Field is the largest natural gas field in the United States. It underlies all or parts of 10 southwestern Kansas counties as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas. The gas field underlies almost 8,500 square miles, an area nearly 5 times as large as the state of Rhode Island.
  • The Kansas Speleological Society has catalogued at least 528 caves in 37 Kansas counties. Commanche County has at least 128 caves and Barber County has at least 117 caves.
  • Kansas has the largest population of wild grouse in North America. The grouse is commonly called the prairie chicken.
  • Kansas was a crucial battleground in the fight over slavery between 1858-1859, and was finally admitted as a free state in 1861, just before the Civil War.
  • South of Ashland the Rock Island Bridge is the longest railroad bridge of its kind. It measures 1,200 feet long and is 100 feet above the Cimarron River.
  • At Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine waterbeds for horses are used in surgery.
  • Kansas won the award for most beautiful license plate for the wheat plate design issued in 1981.
  • In Lucas, Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor used over 100 tons of concrete to build the Garden of Eden. Even the flag is made of concrete.
  • There are more than 600 incorporated towns in the state.
  • Morton County sells the most trout fishing stamps of all the Kansas counties.
  • Russell Springs located in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.
  • The world famous fast-food chain of Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita.
  • Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States.
  • Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World.
  • Fire Station No. 4 in Lawrence, originally a stone barn constructed in 1858, was a station site on the Underground Railroad.
  • At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
  • The first woman mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter. She was elected to office in Argonia in 1887.
  • The first black woman to win an Academy Award was Kansan Hattie McDaniel. She won the award for her role in “Gone with the Wind.”
  • There are 27 Walnut Creeks in the state.
  • Milford Reservoir with over 16,000 acres of water is the state’s largest lake. The reservoir is located northwest of Junction City.