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The state of Kansas was named after Kansa, an Indian tribe that made the region their home about 12,000 years ago. The Kansa people were called Kansas and that became the name of the state.
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Kansas state lies in the middle of the contiguous United States. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous United States is located near Lebanon, Kansas (in Smith County)

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The world’s largest outdoor concrete swimming pool is located at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. At full capacity, it holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water.
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Though born in Texas, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called Abilene, Kansas his home
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Amelia Earhart, first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Associate and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was from Atchison, Kansas

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Greensburg, Kansas is home to the world’s largest hand-dug well
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Because of its importance in the aircraft industry, Wichita is known as “the Air Capital of the World.”
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The creator of the Basketball game, James Naismith, spent much of his life as a coach and teacher at the University of Kansas. Thanks to another Kansas coach, Phog Allen, basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936. There, a U.S. team featuring six players from McPherson, Kansas won gold medals—presented by Naismith.
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Hutchinson, Kansas has the world's largest and longest wheat elevator. It is half a mile long and holds 46 million bushels of grain.
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The first Pizza Hut restaurant was opened in Wichita, Kansas. In 1958, brothers Dan and Frank Carney opened the first store in their blossoming franchise in Wichita.
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The tallest waterslide in the world is at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas city, Kansas. The 168-foot-tall slide is called 'the Verrückt' (German word meaning “insane”) It is taller than Niagara Falls.
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Though Chicago is nicknamed the “Windy City”, Dodge City, Kansas is the windiest city in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour. (Chicago averages about 10 miles per hour)
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The first woman mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter. She was elected to office in Argonia, Kansas in 1887. She represented the Prohibition Party.
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Kansas is a central location in the movie The Wizard of Oz, the most watched movie of all time and hence the famous line from the movie, 'Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more'
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Cedar Crest is the official residence of the governor of Kansas since 1962
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Wyatt Earp, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and William B. "Bat" Masterson were three of the legendary lawmen who kept the peace in rowdy frontier towns like Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hays, and Wichita
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Hutchinson is nicknamed the Salt City because it was built above some of the richest salt deposits in the world. Salt is still actively mined, processed and shipped from Hutchinson
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Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) near Wichita, Kansas is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Kansas
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Helium on our planet was discovered in the town of Dexter in 1903. A jubilant crowd gathered in the small town of Dexter, Kansas, in May 1903 expecting to witness a spectacle. Few days prior to that, huge gas flow broke out of a newly drilled well. As nine million cubic feet of gas escaped each day before the equipment could be found to cap the well, the drilling company wasted no time in selling stock and planning for additional wells. Assuming that the escaping gas was Natual Gas, the citizens of Dexter envisioned new industries such as ore smelters and brick and glass plants coming to their little town. To celebrate their good fortune, the people of Dexter planned a huge celebration, complete with band music, patriotic speeches, and games. The lighting of the escaping gas was planned as the spectacular climax to the day's events. Promotional circulars promised that "a great pillar of flame from the burning well will light the entire countryside for a day and a night." After an appropriately exhilarating address by the mayor, the excited gathering watched with anticipation as a burning bale of hay was slowly moved into contact with the gusher. Instead of the expected conflagration, however, the flames of the burning bale were quickly extinguished. Undaunted, the mayor repeated the process several times, but with the same results. Disappointed and puzzled, the crowd slowly dispersed, calling this strange emanation from the well "wind gas." Others said it was a well of "hot air." Dismay over the gas well's failure spread throughout Dexter, but Erasmus Haworth, the official state geologist, was intrigued by this unusual event. Haworth, a geology faculty member at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, arranged for a large steel cylinder to be filled with the Dexter gas. Upon his return to Lawrence, Haworth discussed the gas with chemistry professor David F. McFarland, who began a routine analysis of the cylinder's contents. The results readily gave a scientific explanation to the Dexter puzzle. The gas contained only 15% combustible methane, which would not burn in the presence of almost 72% nonflammable nitrogen. Later, it was found out that the leaking gas contained what was thought to be the rarest gas on Earth, Helium. The total amount of helium present in the Dexter gas was an astonishing 1.84%.