Kansas websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it. Wheat fields, oil-well derricks, herds of cattle, and grain-storage elevators are chief features of the Kansas landscape.
The State of Kansas is in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American "Heartland" or "America's Breadbasket" referring to the state's enormous wheat-growing agribusiness. A grain elevator in Hutchinson is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins. In 1990 Kansas wheat farmers produced enough wheat to make 33 billion loaves of bread, or enough to provide each person on earth with 6 loaves. Kansas also raises corn, sorghum, oats, barley, soybeans, and potatoes.
Kansas stands high in petroleum production and mines zinc, coal, salt, and lead. The Hugoton Gas Field is the largest natural gas field in the United States. It underlies all or parts of 10 southwestern Kansas counties as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas. The gas field underlies almost 8,500 square miles, an area nearly 5 times as large as the state of Rhode Island. It is also the nation's leading producer of helium.
Wichita is one of the nation's leading aircraft-manufacturing centers, ranking first in production of private aircraft. Kansas City is an important transportation, milling, and meat-packing center.
Points of interest include the Kansas History Center at Topeka, the Eisenhower boyhood home and the Eisenhower Memorial Museum and Presidential Library at Abilene (Dwight D. Eisenhower from Abilene was the 34th President of the United States), John Brown's cabin at Osawatomie, re-created Front Street in Dodge City, Fort Larned (an important military post on the Santa Fe Trail), Fort Leavenworth, and Fort Riley.
Kansas inventors include Almon Stowger of El Dorado who invented the dial telephone in 1889; William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland who invented the helicopter in 1909; and Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville who invented the first frozen carbonated drink machine in 1961.
The graham cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham. He was a Presbyterian minister who strongly believed in eating whole wheat flour products. The world famous fast-food chain of Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita.
If youre looking for new and exciting vacation adventures, then Kansas is the place you want to be. History buffs can explore the states legendary cowboy towns or visit Kansas countless museums, which celebrate the states pioneer, aviation, farming and Native American legacies. Kansas is still home on the range to the American bison.