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State of Kansas

Named for the Kansa Indians, the state of Kansas is one of the most fascinating states in the entire United States. With its heritage of commerce and agriculture, this state has an enchanting history and culture that makes it a place that welcomes visitors from around the world and invites them to enjoy a memorable vacation. All in all, Kansas has something to offer everyone who travels to this magical place.

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"I believe we all agree that, for the health of Kansas, nothing is more important than education."

by: Kathleen Sebelius

Did You Know: There are three largest herds of buffalo (correctly called bison) in Kansas are located on public lands at the Maxwell Game Preserve (McPherson), Big Basin (Ashland), and Buffalo Game Preserve (Garden City).

Historical Attractions of Kansas

One attraction that tells the magical story of the history of Kansas is Old West Lawrence. The streets of this attraction transport you back to the days when rough and ready cowboys and genteel ladies settled the western United States. Featuring seventeen historic houses, Old West Lawrence allows visitors to experience the elegance and beauty of Kansas during the Victorian Era. On the whole, travelers visiting Old West Lawrence are completely transported back to another place and time.

Another fascinating site is the Kansas History Museum in Topeka. Exposing the unique role Kansas played in the railroad boom of the late 1800s, this museum hosts a full-scale train that lets visitors get an idea of what it was like as the railroads expanded westward across the state. With a plethora of exhibits on the history of Kansas, the Kansas History Museum is a must-see attraction for anyone wanting to know more about the wondrous and often dangerous challenges faced by early Kansans. All in all, the stories preserved at the Kansas History Museum are truly the stories of America's past.

If the excitement and danger of the Old West thrill you, then a visit to Dodge City is definitely called for. Once referred to as the wildest city west of the Mississippi River, this town recreates the thrilling frontier days with mock gunfights and costumed cowboys in the middle of the streets. With infamous places like Boot Hill Cemetery, Dodge City beckons travelers to come and see what the rough and tumble frontier days were all about.

Natural Attractions of Kansas

In addition to having enchanting historical attractions, Kansas has equally captivating natural attractions. For example, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Emporia is a prime example of what the Great Plains looked like before the westward expansion of the United States and the modern encroachment of man on its natural environment. Featuring over 150 bird species and 500 plant species, this pristine national preserve gives travelers an opportunity to closely examine the natural beauty of Kansas. Overall, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is one of the best places in Kansas to truly enjoy the wonders of nature.

Southeast of the town of Great Bend lies another natural wonder of the state. This natural wonder is the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Used by migratory birds as a resting stop during their yearly migrations, the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge offers birdwatchers the unique opportunity to observe herons, gulls, pelicans, and other birds as they make their migratory treks during the spring and fall seasons. On the whole, this wildlife refuge is one of the premier birdwatching spots in the entire United States.

Cultural Attractions of Kansas

Besides having fascinating historical and natural attractions, Kansas possesses some of the finest cultural attractions in the entire United States. One such attraction is Lindsborg. This town was settled by Swedish immigrants and preserves their culture and story in a vivid display of art and cuisine that is not found anywhere else in the country. With museums that tell the story of how early Swedish settlers came and settled Kansas and the United States, Lindsborg is unquestionably the ideal place to learn about Swedish-American history and culture.

In what appears to be an ordinary schoolhouse, visitors can learn how the culture of America changed forever as it grappled with the idea that freedom was for all men regardless of their skin color. The Monroe Elementary School in Topeka was once at the center of the US Supreme Court's decision that ended segregation in the United States in the 1950s. Today this schoolhouse is the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site and it gives visitors an opportunity to understand how the landmark decision by the Supreme Court to end segregation has impacted the culture and history of the United States. All in all, no other historic and cultural site in the US gives visitors an opportunity to truly understand the momentous changes this decision made on the country.

As you can see, Kansas has a history and culture that is absolutely captivating and offers something that any traveler to this state is sure to find interesting. When compared to other states in the United States, Kansas offers visitors a chance to understand the history and culture of the country in ways that no other state can match. In the end, anyone who visits Kansas is sure to leave with a deeper appreciation for the history, culture, and achievements of the people of this great state and of the United States as a whole nation.




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Other Useful Sites about Kansas state
These Kansas State sites have been curated by our editorial team


Government

Kansas Legislative Information Systems and Services - this site integrates the information from many functions within the Legislature and presents in a hyperlinked "no wrong door" model.
Sun Tribune - an online news guide for current local education, sports, and more for North Kansas City and Gladstone
Kansas Judicial Branch - Official Homepage
Kansas Bureau of Investigation - dedicated to providing professional investigative and laboratory services to criminal justice agencies, and the collection and dissemination of criminal justice information to public and private agencies, for the purpose of promoting public safety and the prevention of crime in Kansas.
Kansas Highway Patrol - devoted to improving quality of life through spirited and dedicated service. Pledge to be responsive to concerns of citizens and public safety partners.

Business & Development

Rodrock Development - a website providing locations of new homes along with amenities and scholarship program
Official website for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa
Kansas, Inc. - there mission is to strategically build a strong, diversified economy that promotes new and existing industries
KCBCentral.com - The online resource of insight, innovation, and inspiration fro the readers of KC Business and Commercial Journal
Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) and the Kansas Independent Business Coalition (KIBC) are associations of private and publicly owned businesses throughout the state of Kansas

Education & Training

Actor Training Studio - offers classes in voice over, on camera, private instructions and more
Official website for University of Kansas Navy ROTC
The University of Kansas - a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multicampus system. KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world.
Business Schools - provides all list of business schools in Kansas City

Organizations & Associations

Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative - provides information as well as addresses the requirements of gifted students
Kansas Press Association - represents the newspapers in the state of Kansas
Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE) - a union for executive branch state employees, and the largest union of state employees in Kansas. All non-supervisory, non-confidential classified employees in the executive branch of Kansas state government (exclusive of higher education) are eligible to join KOSE.
Kansas Organization of Recyclers - is a non-profit (501c3), membership based network of representatives from government, industry, non-profit and public entities and individuals that support environmental stewardship through waste reduction, composting, reuse, recycling, and sustainable efforts in Kansas.

Health & Families

DeSoto Family Vision Care - provides optometry services
Official website for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Kansas Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (KOMOTC) - was founded in 1962 for the purpose of creating state-wide connections for mothers of multiples. A scholarship program supports an array of educational opportunities for members and/or their families.
Kansas Family Partnership, Inc. - Promoting positive youth behaviors by supporting diverse Kansas families and communities through education, networking, and advocacy.
Kansas Health Foundation - a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. Our funding comes from an endowment created by the sale of Wesley Medical Center, and our asset base remains strong thanks to a dedicated team of advisers and investment managers.

Arts & Culture

Official website for the Kansas Sampler Foundation - providing information on preserving rural culture
Official website for Bowlus Fine Arts Cultural Center
Kansas History - provides information and details for Kansas art events, Kansas art centers, Kansas art museums, Kansas art galleries, KS arts calender with Kansas artists
The Kansas Citizens for the Arts - a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals and businesses who care about the future of our state, is working to build that support among the public, community leadership and elected officials.
Lawrence Arts Center - was founded in 1975 as a public and private partnership between the city of Lawrence and citizens who believed that Lawrence should offer the best in arts programming.

Recreation & Sports

Boat Safe - Official website providing an online boating course
The Kansas Angler - the online guide to news and fishing in the state
Kansas Lottery - to produce the maximum amount of revenue possible for the State of Kansas while insuring the integrity of all games.
Kansas Recreation & Park Association - Official Homepage
Kansas State Official Athletic Site - provides information of all sports - stats, coverage, tickets, game schedules and more!

Real Estate

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) - a self-supporting, public corporation which serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the State of Kansas
Kansas Association of REALTORS - your passport to growth, knowledge and professionalism within the real estate industry. Committed to bringing you the very finest tools and information to help you succeed.
Kansas' Recreational & Rural Real Estate Company - Official Homepage
Reece & Nichols Realtors - is Kansas City's number 1 real estate resource. Search for all homes for sale in the Kansas City

Shopping & Entertainment

Nightlifekc.com - provides information of all Bars, Clubs, events, concerts, live music, Arts, movies and lot more in Kansas City
Power Play - A family Entertainment Center
Zonkers - A Famaily Entertainment. An Indoor Amusement Park. That has a carousel, roller coaster, train, himalayas, and airplane. As well as arcade games, soft play and inflatables.
Corinth Square - is home to the Mission Road Antique Mall where you'll discover a treasure-trove of antiques along with fine pieces from the 1920's through 50's.
The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall - is a unique chain of antique malls showcasing antique and collectible merchandise from more than 2,000 antique dealers. With eye-catching malls conveniently located on major interstate highways, we bring the advantages of mega mall shopping to the quaint business of selling antiques and collectibles.
Hays Kansas - provdes list of shopping centers in Kansas areas

Tourism & Travel

Department of Travel and Tourism - Official Website of the State of Kansas
I Love Inss - American Historic Inns provides an online directory of country inns, hideaways, and bed and breakfasts throughout the state
LASR - State Parks & Natural Attractions is an online guide to the parks in the state
KansasBeautiful.com. - The #1 online Kansas Tourism Guide to Kansas vacation attractions and events located in Kansas and throughout the Midwest
Travel Kansas Industry - Official Website
KansasTravel.org - A blog that provides informations of a blogger personal favorites and recommendations and reviews on her tript to Kansas - restaurant, travel reports, and reviews of Kansas attractions and museums
Rural Kansas: Come and Get It - designed to help keep rural communities viable by inviting the world to visit and "get" rural Kansas. The Explorer Tourism concept makes sense for even the smallest of towns.

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