Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Kansas!

Today is Kansas's 151st Birthday. Entered the Union Jan 29, 1861

Get to know us a little more
State Symbols
flower:sunflower (1903)
tree:cottonwood (1937)
bird:western meadowlark (1937)
animal:buffalo (1955)
song:“Home on the Range” (1947)

Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)

Name Origin: From a Sioux word meaning “people of the south wind”

A little History:
"Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado, in 1541, is considered the first European to have traveled this region. Sieur de la Salle's extensive land claims for France (1682) included present-day Kansas. Ceded to Spain by France in 1763, the territory reverted to France in 1800 and was sold to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, and Stephen H. Long explored the region between 1803 and 1819. The first permanent white settlements in Kansas were outposts—Fort Leavenworth (1827), Fort Scott (1842), and Fort Riley (1853)—established to protect travelers along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails.
Just before the Civil War, the conflict between the pro- and anti-slavery forces earned the region the grim title of Bleeding Kansas."

Fun Facts: Here

*Happy Birthday to my best friend Abby too, thank goodness she shares her birthday with Kansas or I might never remember :)

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