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- Kansas, the 34th state to gain admittance to the Union, is in the geographic center of the continental United States.
- Admitted as a free state, we joined the Union on January 29, 1861, and played a key role in the Civil War.
- The state motto is "Ad Astra Per Aspera" which is Latin for "To the Stars through difficulty."
- The nickname of Kansas is the Sunflower State.
- The state bird is the Western Meadowlark.
- The state flower is the Sunflower.
- The state tree is the Cottonwood.
- The state animal is the Bison.
- The State insect is the Honeybee.
- The state reptile is the Ornate Box Turtle.
- The state amphibian is the Barred Tiger Salamander.
- Topeka is the capital city.
- Kansas has more than two million people. Most people live in the eastern third of the state, which is shaped like a rectangle.
- Kansas is one of the midwestern plains states. It is not mountainous, although it has rolling hills.
- The state is ideal for farming with warm, sunny summers and mild but snowy winters. Our farmland mainly produces wheat, corn and milo.
- Kansas' main industry is airplane production. Boeing, Learjet, Raytheon and Cessna produce their airplanes in Wichita, Kansas.
- The University of Kansas and Kansas State University are the largest of our seven major universities.
- Washburn University, located in Topeka, is the only remaining municipal university in the country.
- Kansas also has 19 community colleges.
- Kansas is famous for being the home of former President Dwight David Eisenhower.
- Another Famous Kansan, Amelia Earhart, was the first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Association and the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Kansas was also as the home of astronauts Ron Evans, Joe Engle and Steve Hawley.
- The state song is "Home on the Range" by Dr. Brewster Higley.
- Your elected officials are:
- United States Senators: Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran
- United States Representatives: Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder and Mike Pompeo
- Governor: Sam Brownback
- Lieutenant Governor: Jeff Colyer
- State Treasurer: Ron Estes
- Secretary of State: Kris Kobach
- Insurance Commissioner: Sandy Praeger
- Attorney General: Derek Schmidt
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