|State of Kansas|
|Kansas State Official Language(s)||English|
|Kansas State Demonym||Kansan|
|Kansas State Capital||Topeka|
|Kansas State Largest City||Wichita|
|Kansas State Largest Metro Area||Kansas portion of Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area|
|Kansas State Area||Ranked 15th in the US|
|- Total||82,277 sq mi
|- Width||417 miles (645 km)|
|- Length||211 miles (340 km)|
|- % water||0.56|
|- Latitude||37° N to 40° N|
|- Longitude||94° 35′ W to 102° 3′ W|
|Kansas State Population||Ranked 33rd in the US|
|- Total||2,818,747 (2009 est.)
|- Density||32.9/sq mi (12.7/km2)
Ranked 40th in the US
|- Median income||$50,177 (25th)|
|Kansas State Elevation|
|- Highest point||Mount Sunflower
4,039 ft (1,232 m)
|- Mean||2,000 ft (600 m)|
|- Lowest point||Verdigris River
679 ft (207 m)
|Kansas State Before Statehood||Kansas Territory|
|Kansas State Admission to Union||January 29, 1861 (34th)|
|Kansas State Governor||Mark Parkinson (D)|
|Kansas State Lieutenant Governor||Troy Findley (D)|
|Kansas State Legislature||Kansas Legislature|
|- Upper house||Senate|
|- Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Sam Brownback (R)
Pat Roberts (R)
|U.S. House delegation||Jerry Moran (R)
Lynn Jenkins (R)
Dennis Moore (D)
Todd Tiahrt (R)
|Kansas State Time Zones|
|- most of state||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|- 4 western counties||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
|Kansas State Abbreviations||KS US-KS|
|Kansas State Website||http://www.kansas.gov|
|Kansas State Symbols|
Like many other states of the United States of America, Kansas was also occupied by the Native Americans from the beginning. The history of Kansas also witnessed exploration expeditions of explorers from European continents. Francisco Vásquez de Coronado was the earliest explorer from Europe to reach Kansas in the year 1541.
During the Louisiana Purchase that took place in the year 1803, Kansas became an integral part of USA, although much of its southwestern part had to be secured from Spain, Mexico and Republic of Texas in the Mexican-American War. This war was fought in the year 1848.
The Santa Fe Trail, which was used to move products and goods passed through Kansas in the years between 1821 and 1880. The wagon ruts of the Santa Fe Trail can be witnessed even now in and around the prairie. The Santa Fe Trail was also used to transport silver and fur.
In the history of Kansas, the white Americans made the Fort Leavenworth their earliest quarters in the year 1827 and their numbers increased in this area right after the Kansas-Nebraska Act which was passed in the year 1854. This act was the one that created the two states of Kansas and Nebraska. The area of Kansas comprised of places like Denver, Pueblo and Colorado Springs as it happened to extend as far as the Continental Divide.
The state of Kansas was the 34th state to become a part of United States of America on 29th January, 1861 and stood as a state free from slaves to be a part of the union. Prior to achieving statehood, the state of Kansas was known by the name of Kansas Territory. Topeka became the capital city of the state of Kansas.
William Quantrill was denied commission since his attack on Lawrence demolished the city of Lawrence and killed about 250 innocent people. This attack leveled him with charges of domestic terrorism.
The history of Kansas has been favorable to the war veterans of the American Civil War, as numerous veterans who fought the war made Kansas their home. It was also favorable for the African Americans as numerous black colonies were set up in the state of Kansas. John Brown and Benjamin Singleton are given credit for helping the African Americans to settle down in the state of Kansas.
When the constitutional amendment banning liquor was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, the state of Kansas came to be known as the 1st state in the United States of America to recognize this prohibition. The ban came into effect in the year 1881, 19th January in the state of Kansas.
The people of the state of Kansas are known for serving in the armed forces since the beginning. The state of Kansas was the first place where the actual battle started during the American Civil War. Throughout the history of Kansas, the people were known to have served in the forces especially during the Mexican revolution. Approximately 90,000 soldiers from Kansas got themselves recruited to provide their valuable services along the border of Mexico and United States of America.
Even during World War I, the people from the state of Kansas recruited themselves in the army and were primarily a part of the Infantry divisions numbered 35, 42, 89 and 92. These infantry divisions fought war against Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey.
During the Cold War, the state of Kansas served as a defense for the United States of America by working on developing technologies and weapons to defend United States of America in case of a potential nuclear attack from the enemy. The deadly and dangerous ICBM’s (intercontinental ballistic missiles) were placed in underground facilities in the state of Kansas during 1950 to 1960. But in the 1980s, these facilities that were home to ICBM’s were decommissioned.
|1||Sprint Nextel||12,000||Overland Park||Telecommunications|
|6||Black & Veatch||3,800||Overland Park||Engineering|
|9||YRC Worldwide||2,600||Overland Park||Trucking|
|13||Schwan Food Company||2,000||Salina||Food|
|15||Blue Cross and Blue Shield||1,603||Topeka||Insuranc|
|Kansas City Wizards||Soccer||Major League Soccer||Kansas City|
|Kansas City T-Bones||Baseball||Northern League||Kansas City|
|Kansas Koyotes||Indoor Football||American Professional Football League||Topeka|
|Topeka Golden Giants||Baseball||National Baseball Congress||Topeka|
|Topeka Mudcats||Football||Women's Spring Football League||Topeka|
|Topeka Roadrunners||Ice hockey||North American Hockey League||Topeka|
|Wichita Thunder||Ice hockey||Central Hockey League||Wichita|
|Wichita Wild||Indoor Football||Indoor Football League||Park City|
|Wichita Wingnuts||Baseball||American Association||Wichita|
|Important Dates in Kansas's History|