| Admission to Statehood: January 29, 1861 as the 34th State Flag: The Kansas state flag has a navy background with a sunflower, the state seal and the words “Kansas”. In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto “To the Stars Through Difficulties”. On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagon train heading west and Native Americans hunting bison. The Flag was adopted in 1927.
Motto: Ad astra per aspera To the stars through difficulties
Flower: Sunflower Helianthus annuus
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
Song: Home on the Range
Tree: Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
|Capital: Library: Kansas State Library
Area: 82282 sq.mi, 15th Land 81823 sq. mi., 13th Water 459 sq.mi., 43rd
Economy: Agriculture: Cattle, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs, corn. Industry: Transportation equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum, mining.
Geographic Center: Barton, 15 miles northeast of Great Bend
Highest Point: Mt. Sunflower; 4039 feet, 28th
Lowest Point: Verdigris River; 680 feet, 43rd
Nickname: Sunflower State
Origin of state’s name: From the Sioux Indian for “south wind people”
Population: Quick facts 2,911,641; 32nd, 12/00
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