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Jan 24

Kansas Day

Posted on January 24, 2020 at 3:11 PM by Tarra Rotstein

January 29 is Kansas Day! How are you going to celebrate, cinnamon rolls and chili? Enjoying the Flint Hills Landscape? Dress up as Superman? BBQ? Drink some pop? The great state of Kansas is known for all of these things and more.


The first celebration of Kansas Day can be traced back to 1877 when about 20 children in Paola, Kansas celebrated the state. The students were studying the history of the United States when they began learning about the Battle of New Orleans. This sparked an intense interest in the children and made them feel very patriotic about their state. On January 29, 1877 they set aside they afternoon so the class could spend the day learning about Kansas. Alexander LeGrande taught the class and later took this celebration of this holiday with him when he became superintendent of the schools in Wichita.


Quick Kansas Facts

  • Kansas was admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861
  • Dodge City, Kansas is the windiest city in the U.S
  • Cawker City has a ball of twine that weighs more than 16,760 pounds
  • Kansan Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Academy Award
  • The 34th President of the U.S, Dwight D. Eisenhower was from Abilene, Kansas
  • At one time, it was illegal to serve ice cream on cherry pie in this state
  • Buster Keaton was from Kansas
  • Kansas has the largest population of prairie chickens in North America
  • This state is named The Sunflower State
  • This state’s nicknames include The Free State & The Wheat State
  • Helium was discovered at the University of Kansas in 1905
  • There are over 528 caves in the state
  • 88% of the land in Kansas is farmland

Manhattan Facts

  • Aggieville is the oldest shopping district in Kansas, it originally started as a single laundry shop in 1889.

  • Colbert Hills Golf Course is a PGA-licensed collegiate facility with 18 holes that feature Flint Hills landscaping, highlighted by native Kansas limestone and include vistas up to 12 miles. 

  • The state’s second largest body of water, Tuttle Creek Lake is located five miles north of Manhattan with a dam and reservoir situated on the northern edge of the Flint Hills.
  • Guns & Gear Magazine named Tuttle Creek and Milford Lake one of the top five hot spots in the nation to hunt whitetail deer.
  • Men’s Journal magazine, Manhattan was named one of “The 50 Best Places to Live.”
  • The Konza Prairie Biological Station is an 8,600-acre tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. 
  • Eight miles west of Manhattan is the Home of the Big Red One, Fort Riley.
  • Kansas State University's Purple Pride ice cream first came about in the 1960's
  • Manhattan is home to the American Institute of Baking
  • Johnny Kaw, a mythical character, has his own statue in Manhattan's city park. He represents the importance of the Kansas wheat farmer. 

Celebrate Kansas day in Manhattan at one of the many historical sites or museums like the Flint Hills Discovery Center or the Riley County Historical Museum.


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