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Kansas Vacation Basic Facts

Kansas Travel & Tourism Division,
Kansas Department of Commerce, 1000 S.W. Jackson Street #100, Topeka KS 66612-1354; 785-296-4922; 800-252-6727; Fax: 785-296-6988. Email:

State Amphibian: barred tiger salamander

State Animal: American buffalo or bison

State Bird: western meadowlark

State Flower: wild native sunflower

State Insect: honeybee

State March: The Kansas March

State Motto: To the Stars Through Difficulties

State Nicknames: Sunflower State, JayHawker State, Wheat State, Cyclone State

State Quarter:

State Reptile: ornate box turtle

State Soil: Harney silt loam

State Song: Home on the Range

State Tree: cottonwood

State Capitals

Auraria, Kansas Capital of the Territory of Jefferson (1859 - 1861).

Fort Riley, Kansas First Territorial Capital Historic Site, Building 693, E Huebner Road,
Fort Riley, Kansas 66442; 785-784-5535. Web: The first territorial legislature convened at Fort Riley in 1855.

LeCompton, Kansas Kansas Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E Woodson, LeCompton, Kansas 66050; 785-887-6148. Web: Also known as the Political Birthplace of the Civil War.

Topeka, Kansas Kansas State Capitol, 300 SW 10th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66612; 800-452-6727. Web: Current state capital.

State Songs

Here's Kansas; The Kansas March; Kansas City; Kansas City Star; You're Not in Kansas Anymore; Wichita Lineman.

Kansas Specials

Kansas is first in quail and prairie chicken harvest. Kansas is first in general aviation production.

Kansas is also the first in wheat production, thus known as the Breadbasket of the World.

Kansas has the largest population of wild grouse in North America.

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