Kansas July 13, 2015
14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The State Of Kansas
Did you know the official state bug of Kansas? Me neither…How about the population? Me neither…Until now! Read on to find out 14 facts that you may not have known about the Sunflower State.
1.) With an average wind speed of 14 mph, Dodge City is considered to be the windiest city in the United States.
2.) Built during the grasshopper plague of 1874, the First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson has thousands of grasshoppers mixed into its foundation.
3.) The Geographic Center of the United States (contiguous 48) is located about two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas.
4.) As of the 2010 census, the population of Kansas was 2,853,118.
5.) The Hugoton Gas Field is the largest natural gas field in the United States (8,500 square miles.)
6.) All the wheat grown in Kansas in a single year would fit in a train stretching from western Kansas to the Atlantic Ocean.
7.) During the Civil War, Kansas suffered the highest rate of fatal casualties of any state.
8.) Fort Riley was originally established to protect settlers and trade along the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails.
9.) The first White Castle burger restaurant was opened in Wichita in 1921.
10.) Legend has it that Kansas was named after a Native American tribe that meant “people of the wind."
11.) The official bug of the state is the Honeybee...
12.) ...and the official state reptile is the Ornate Box Turtle.
13.) The yearly average temperature of Kansas is 56 degrees (F)...
14.) ...and the average yearly precipitation is 27 inches.
Which of these facts most surprised you? Let me know in the comments!