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Here Are 20 Fun Facts About Kansas That Only Locals Know

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Get ready to dive into the Sunflower State with 20 fun facts about Kansas that are sure to blow you away! From the home of the world’s largest ball of twine to the birthplace of your favorite animated mouse creator, Kansas is packed with quirky surprises and historical gems. So, grab your ruby slippers and join us on an adventure through Kansas’s best-kept secrets!

Geographical Center

The geographical center of the contiguous United States is in Lebanon, Kansas.

First Woman Mayor

In 1887, Argonia, Kansas, elected Susanna Madora Salter as the first female mayor in the United States.

Pizza Hut Origin

The first Pizza Hut was opened in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958 by two Wichita State University students.

Silent Film Star

Buster Keaton, one of the greatest silent film stars, was born in Piqua, Kansas, in 1895.

Kansas Cosmosphere

Hutchinson, Kansas, is home to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, which houses the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow.

Home on the Range

The state song of Kansas is “Home on the Range,” written by Dr. Brewster Higley.

Salt Mine Museum

The Strataca underground salt museum in Hutchinson allows visitors to explore an active salt mine 650 feet below the surface.

Tornado Alley

Kansas is part of Tornado Alley, with an average of over 60 tornadoes occurring each year.

Largest Ball of Twine

Cawker City, Kansas, is home to the world’s largest ball of sisal twine, started by Frank Stoeber in 1953.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney spent part of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, but also lived in Kansas City, Kansas, where he started his first animation studio.

Amelia Earhart

The famous aviator Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, in 1897.

Underground Vaults

The town of Lenexa has an underground vault that stores original copies of famous films, including “The Wizard of Oz.”

Dorothy’s House

In Liberal, Kansas, there is a replica of Dorothy’s house from “The Wizard of Oz,” complete with a yellow brick road.

Giant Van Gogh

Goodland, Kansas, boasts a giant replica of Vincent van Gogh’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase,” one of the world’s largest easel paintings.

Barbed Wire Capital

La Crosse, Kansas, is known as the “Barbed Wire Capital of the World” and features a barbed wire museum.

Greyhound Hall of Fame

Abilene, Kansas, is home to the Greyhound Hall of Fame, celebrating the history of greyhound racing.

First Airplane Factory

Wichita, Kansas, known as the “Air Capital of the World,” was where Clyde Cessna built the first airplane factory in the region.

Electric Park

Electric Park in Kansas City, Kansas, inspired Walt Disney with its dazzling lights and attractions, influencing his creation of Disneyland.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita is one of the largest zoos in the United States, with more than 3,000 animals.

Prairie Chickens

Kansas is known for its prairie chicken population, and the annual booming dance of these birds is a unique natural spectacle.

Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and Pomeranian, Mochi. Leo is a lover of all things travel related outside and inside the United States. Leo has been to every continent and continues to push to reach his goals of visiting every country someday. Learn more about Leo on MuckRack.

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