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Kansas

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Facts and Figures
Facts and Figures
Origin of Name from the Sioux Indian word for "south wind people." Area (rank) 82,282 sq mi (34th). Population Rank) 2,893,957 (34th). Capital Topeka. Admitted to Union (rank) January 29, 1861 (34th).

Notable Kansans
Notable Kansans

Official Symbols of Kansas
Official Symbols of Kansas
The Kansas State Flag, adopted by the Kansas Legislature as the official state flag on March 21, 1927, is a rectangle of dark-blue silk with the state seal at its center. Above the seal is the state crest, a sunflower resting on a twisted bar of blue and gold. The word "Kansas," added in 1961, is below the seal in gold, block lettering.

History
History

Kansas Counties
Kansas Counties

Smoky Hill River
The Smoky Hill River
enters western Kansas and flows about 500 miles before joining with the Republican River to form the Kansas River at Junction City.

Lansing
Lansing
is located in Leavenworth County, in extreme northeast Kansas. The city grew up around the Kansas State Penitentiary, which itself was purposely located just a few miles south of the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
is an unincorporated community of about 50 inhabitants in eastern Graham County, Kansas. It is the only remaining community west of the Mississippi River established by African-Americans after the Civil War.

Topeka
Topeka
is the seat of Shawnee County, and the capital of Kansas. It was established by anti-slavers in 1854, who intended the city to be the capital of Kansas.

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