Kansas State FactsPublished on July 27th, 2015 | by Brandon Ramsey in Geography
If you’re hungry for Kansas state facts, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll expand your knowledge with some fascinating information about this state. Let’s get started!
1. There is a ball of twine in Cawker City that is 38 feet in circumference and weights over 16,750 pounds.
2. The Rock Island Bridge is the longest railroad bridge ever made. It is 1,200 feet long and set 100 feet above the Cimarron River.
3. Smith County, interestingly enough, is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states.
4. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Abilene, Kansas and went on to become the 34th President of the United States.
5. On the Maxwell Game Preserve, the Big Basin, and the Buffalo Game Preserve are the largest herds of Bison in Kansas.
6. The public swimming pool located in the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City is a half city block in size and holds 500,000 gallons of water.
7. Barton county is named after the Civil War nurse Clara Barton, it is the only county named after a woman.
8. Kansas has over 600 incorporated towns.
9. The Fire Station No. 4 in the city of Lawrence was originally a stone barn that had been constructed in 1858. During that time period, it was also a station in the Underground Railroad.
10. Kansas has the largest population of prairie chickens, or wild grouse, in North America.
11. The state’s largest lake is the Milford Reservoir with over 16,000 acres of water.
12. In 1990, Kansas wheat farmers alone produced enough crops to make 33 billion loaves of bread. This comes out to 6 loaves for each person on Earth.
13. George Washington Carver, a famous scientist who created over 300 products from the peanut alone, went to high school in Minneapolis in 1885.
14. In Coffeyville, a hailstone once fell that weighed over one and a half pounds.
15. Kansas was one of the six states that the Oregon Trail passed through.
16. The famous Pizza Hut chain of restaurants started in Wichita, Kansas.
17. Sumner County in Kansas is the Wheat Capital of the World.
18. At one point, there was a law against serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
19. Kansas is home to the American Institute of Baking.
20. The world-famous graham cracker was named after Reverend Sylvester Graham who was a minister in Kansas that believed in eating whole wheat products.
These Kansas state facts will ensure that you’re an expert on this place and some of the unique aspects of it. Tell us any facts you know about Kansas in the comments below!