If you are like me, the first thing you do when you look at a map is notice the top, middle and bottom. When some people where asked, “What state is in the middle of the United States?”; many replied Kansas.
Kansas is in the Mid-western part of The United States, named after the Kansas River.
The Kansas River was named after the Native Americans who lived along its banks for many centuries.
For thousands of years, Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes.
Kansas capital is Topeka.
Topeka’s State Capitol Building, is a work of art, it’s covers 20 acres in the heart of downtown Topeka.
It’s French Renaissance-style took 37 years to build. It’s construction began in 1866 and ended in 1903.
Kansas borders with Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and on the west with Colorado.
The tribes that inhabited the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys.
Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827; with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.
Unlike many states, Kansas land is mainly devoted to agriculture.
The state’s agricultural outputs are cattle, sheep, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, hogs, corn, and salt.
As of 2018, there were 59,600 farms in Kansas, 86 of which are certified as organic farms.
The most significant agricultural crop in the state is wheat.
Kansas is ranked eighth in US petroleum production. Oil production in Kansas has remained fairly constant.
The average monthly rate is about 2.8 million barrels. Kansas is also ranked eighth in US natural gas production.
Kansas economy is also influenced by the aerospace industry, with such giants as Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Aerospace, and Textron Aviation.
People who never visited Kansas recognize it from literature and film – one of my favorite films featuring Kansas is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The main character in the novel and film Dorothy Gale won the hearts of many. There's something heart warming and exciting about Dorothy finding her way back to Kansas. That just keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Whose's heart did not go out for Dorothy's safe return to Kansas.
Equally as powerful is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, published in 1935, a TV sensation packed with important family and community values. Definitely something you want to watch with your loved one.
Kansas is also home to the fictional character of Superman; in the Man of Steel. He grows up in Smallville, Kansas and heads off to save the world.
Do you believe in coincidences? - There's three, they all seem to agree - that Kansas is a place of great values.
Kansas is also known for the Kansas Speedway; located in Kansas City; host of the NASCAR, IndyCar, and ARCA race circuits.
The Kansas Speedway is known for its spectacular fan experience, with more than 200 motor sports events throughout the year.
The track hosts NASCAR touring series races and special events throughout the year.
Wichita is the largest city in south-central Kansas with a population of 390,591. Wichita is known for it's impressive tourist attractions, such as:
The Botanica Wichita Gardens
The Botanica Wichita Gardens is a paradise celebrating horticulture that is open year-round. It has a Children's Garden, a Monster Woods exhibit, a Tree-house, 4000 species of plants, a butterfly garden, and a Shakespeare Garden.
Keeper of the Plains
The 44-foot-tall Keeper of the Plains - steel statue - stands over the public plaza, where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers merge through downtown.
The land in the area is sacred to Native Americans, and the plaza commemorates the important history and role that Native Americans have in the area.
A must-see event at the plaza is the "Ring of Fire" spectacular display, takes place at night.
Old Town is in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Old Town is home to a large shopping center with brick-lined streets, a collection of brick warehouses dating back to the mid-1800's.
Built with brick and native limestone accents, these distinctive architectural features define the character of an Old Town.
Sedgwick County Zoo
The Sedgwick County Zoo is an AZA-accredited wildlife park in Wichita, Kansas founded in 1971; recognized for its support of conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species.
It's home to over 3,000 animals of nearly 400 different species, its ranked as the number one outdoor tourist attraction in the state.
As you can see being in the middle is not all that bad, for now I'm just going to close my eyes and wish you a happy and safe trip to Kansas.