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  • Kansas has 27 Walnut Creeks.

  • There are more than 600 incorporated cities in the state.

  • Morton County sells most trout fishing marks of all Kansas counties.

  • Lawrence No. 4 at Lawrence, originally a stone barn dating from 1858, was a subway station.

  • The Hugoton gas field is the largest natural gas field in the United States. It is located, in whole or in part, in 10 southwestern Kansas counties and parts of Oklahoma and Texas. The gas field is nearly 8,500 square miles, an area nearly 5 times the size of the state of Rhode Island.

  • The Kansas Speleological Society has cataloged 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.

  • Milford Reservoir with over 16,000 acres of water is the state's largest lake. The reservoir is located northwest of Junction City.

  • The Geodetic Center of North America is located about 40 miles south of Lebanon on Meade's Ranch. It is the starting point for surveying in North America. When a surveyor examines a property boundary, he or she reviews the location of the property relative to Meade Ranch in northwest Kansas.

  • In Italy, the city of Milan is located 300 miles northwest of Rome. In Kansas, Milan is less than 25 miles northwest of Rome, in Sumner County.

  • Between 1854 and 1866, 34 steamships paddled up the Kaw River. One made it as far west as Fort Riley.

  • In 1990, Kansas wheat farmers produced enough wheat to produce 33 billion pounds, or enough to provide 6 breads to every person on earth.

  • The Holy Cross Sanctuary in Pfeifer was known as the 2 Cent Church because the building was built with a 2 cent donation on every bushel of wheat sold by members of the church.

  • Kansas produced 492.2 million bushels of wheat in 1997, enough to produce 35.9 billion loaves of bread.

  • The American Institute of Baking is located in Manhattan.

  • A 30 foot statue of Johnny Kaw is in Manhattan. The statue represents the importance of the wheat farmer Kansas.

  • The Graham Cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham (1794-1851). He was a Presbyterian minister who believed strongly in wholemeal flour products.

  • The rocks of Rock City are huge sandstone concretions. In an area about the size of two soccer fields, 200 partially house-sized houses tower into the landscape. There is no other place in the world where there are so many concretions of such magnitude.

  • George Washington Carver, the famous botanical scientist who discovered more than 300 peanut products, graduated from Minneapolis High School in 1885.

  • The first United Methodist Church in Hutchinson was built in 1874 at the time of locust plagues. The grasshoppers came during the construction of the church foundation, but the pastor continued the work. Thousands of grasshoppers are mixed into the mortar of the original building.

  • A hailstone weighing more than a pound and a half fell on Coffeyville.

  • The Oregon Trail passed through six states, including Kansas. There were no Indian attacks on the Oregon Trail when the travelers passed through the state.

  • Russell Springs in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.

  • The world-famous fast food chain of Pizza Hut Restaurants opens its first store in Wichita.

  • Sumner County is known as the wheat capital of the world.

  • A ball in Cawker City has a circumference of over 38 cm and weighs more than 16,750 pounds and continues to grow.

  • A grain elevator in Hutchinson is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1000 containers.

  • South of Ashland, the Rock Island Bridge is the longest railway bridge of its kind. It measures 1,200 feet long and is 100 meters above the Cimarron River.

  • At Kansas State University Veterinary College, waterbeds for horses are used in surgery.

  • Kansas won the prize for the most beautiful license plate for the 1981 released Wheat Plate Design.

  • Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States.

  • At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on Kansas Cherry Pie.

  • The first mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter. She was elected in 1887 in Argonia in office.

  • The first black woman to win an Oscar was Kansan Hattie McDaniel. She won the award for her role in Gone with the Wind.

  • Among the Kansas inventors is Almon Stowger of El Dorado, who invented the dial telephone in 1889; William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland, who invented the helicopter in 1909; and Omar Knedlik from Coffeyville, who invented the first freezer in 1961.

  • Smith County is the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states.

  • Amelia Earhart, the first woman to receive a pilot license from the National Aviation Authority, and the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic, came from Atchison.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower of Abilene was the 34th President of the United States.

  • Silent Comedian Buster Keaton, from early movie success, was from Piqua, Kansas.

  • The three largest herds of buffalo in Kansas are in public areas at Maxwell Game Preserve (McPherson), Big Basin (Ashland) and Buffalo Game Preserve (Garden City).

  • Fort Riley, between Junction City and Manhattan, was the cradle of the United States Cavalry for 83 years. George Custer formed there in 1866 the famous 7th Cavalry. Ten years later, at the Battle of Little Big Horn, the 7th was virtually destroyed. The only survivor of the cavalry was a horse called Comanche.

  • Wyatt Earp, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and William B. "Bat" Masterson were three of the legendary law enforcers who kept the peace in harsh border towns like Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hays and Wichita.

  • The public pool at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City occupies half a block and holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water.

  • Cedar Crest is the name of the governor's estate in Topeka, the country's capital.

  • Barton County is the only Kansas County named after a woman; the famous volunteer civil war nurse Clara Barton.

  • The Arkansas River may be the only river whose pronunciation changes as it crosses state borders. In Kansas it is called Arkansas (ahr-KAN-zuhs). On both sides of Kansas (Colorado and Oklahoma) it is called Arkansaw.

  • The Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor used over 100 tons of concrete to build the Garden of Eden in Lucas. Even the flag over the mausoleum is made of concrete.

  • Handel's Messiah has been presented in Lindsborgeach since 1889 at Easter.

  • A memorial to the first Christian martyr on the territory of the United States stands on Highway 56 near Lyon. Father Juan de Padilla came in 1541 with the discoverer Coronado in the region.

  • Hutchinson is called the Salt City because it was built over some of the richest salt deposits in the world. Salt is still actively mined, processed and shipped by Hutchinson.

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