Kansas is inspirational. Kansas was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on January 29, 1861. The Sunflower State is Kansas’ nickname. Coincidentally, the highest point in Kansas is Mount Sunflower. The lowest point is at Verdigris River at the Oklahoma border. Kansas is actually known as being a flat state. Two-thirds of the state is flat or undulating surface. This western part of the state is very different than the eastern third that has hills and forests. Many rivers flow in the state. The Missouri River is actually part of the state’s northeastern border. Nebraska borders Kansas to the north. The state of Missouri is on the east. Oklahoma borders Kansas to the south and Colorado is on the west.
The climate in Kansas can be described by three types of climate. The east has a humid continental climate with cool or cold winters and hot, humid summers. A smaller portion of the state in the west has a semiarid steppe climate. Summers are hot, but less humid. Winters can be warm or very cold. A small south-central and southeastern portion has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are milder and this portion experiences more precipitation. Kansas experiences severe thunderstorms. These can result in large hail, tornados, flash floods, and damaging straight line winds.
Kansas was inhabited by Native American tribes before exploration by Europeans began in 1541. Most of Kansas was gained by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. The rest was gained after the Mexican-American war in 1848. Abolitionist settlers and other settlers in favor of slavery clashed leading the territory to be called Bleeding Kansas. Abolitionists won and Kansas was admitted to the Union as a slave-free state. Fighting for the Union in the Civil War led to veterans and African Americans settling in Kansas.
Segments of the population have been supported during Kansas’ history. Kansas was the first state with workers’ compensation and to regulate the securities industry. Women’s suffrage began in 1912, before voting was guaranteed by the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.
The economy of Kansas is known for production of cattle, sheep, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, hog, corn, grain, and salt agriculturally. Industrial outputs are transportation equipment, aircraft, food processing, publishing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum, and mining. Kansas ranked 8th in oil and natural gas production.
Dwight Eisenhower is one of many famous politicians and others that were raised in Kansas. President Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States and an Allied Commander during World War II. The rock band Kansas had band members whose hometown was in the band’s namesake. Other musicians, books, films, and television programs have ties to Kansas. Many professional sports teams from different leagues attracts fans. Two major auto racing tracks are in Kansas. Several college teams attract a lot of fans and the National Collegiate Athletic Association was headquartered in Kansas for over 25 years.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!