Nicknamed the Sunflower State, Kansas is more than just flat farmland. Here are 20 fascinating facts about our 34th state.
1 Kansas's Smith County sits at the geographical center of the United States.
2 Both the first Pizza Hut and the first White Castle opened their doors in Wichita, Kansas.
3 Kansas is known as the Sunflower State and the sunflower is the state's official flower.
4 As of 2013, Kansas's population was 2,893,957 making it the 34th most populous state in the country.
5 Kansas's state song is "Home on the Range."
6 Nationally, Kansas ranks second when it comes to active tornadoes per year following only Texas.
7 Argonia, Kansas elected the first female mayor in the United States in1887.
8 Kansas is home to the windiest city in the United States, Dodge City, where winds average at 14 mph.
9 Kansas is made up of 88% farmland.
10 Kansas's state animal is the buffalo and its state bird is the western meadowlark.
11 Famous Kansas natives include Amelia Earhart, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Annette Bening, Gale Sayers, and Erin Brockovich.
12 The first permanent white settlements in Kansas were put into place in order to protect Oregon Trail travelers.
13 Kansas's major industries include agriculture, car manufacturing, and the aircraft industry.
14 Kansas is famous as the opening setting for The Wizard of Oz, and an exact replica of Dorothy's home can be visited today.
15 Kansas is home to 26 state parks.
16 Kansas garnered the nickname "Bleeding Kansas" after the state's slavery vote was met with great violence between both sides of the issue.
17 Kansas farms lead the nation in wheat production.
18 Kansas was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment which gave African American men the right to vote.
19 Kansas, while mostly flat, has a highest point of 4,039 ft above sea level. It is known as Mount Sunflower.
20 The graham cracker was named after Kansas minister Reverend Sylvester Graham who preferred whole wheat flour crackers.