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KANSAS  
TOPEKA  
AREA (land) 81,815 sq miles (water) 459 sq miles (TOTAL) 82,274 sq miles
CAPITAL Topeka
FAMOUS DATES Organized as territory: May 30, 1854 Entered Union (rank): Jan. 29, 1861 (34) Present constitution adopted: 1859
LOCATION 39.037N, 095.691W
MEAN ELEVATION (average) 2,019 feet
HIGHEST POINT Mt. Sunflower; 4039 feet, 28th
LOWEST POINT Verdigris River; 680 feet, 43rd
COUNTIES 105
COASTLINE  
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER in Barton
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK  
STATE GEMSTONE  
STATE FLAG The Kansas flag, adopted in 1925, consists of a dark blue field with the state seal in the center. A sunflower on a bar of twisted gold lies above the seal, and below the seal is the word Kansas.
STATE COLORS  
STATE SEAL The seal contains a landscape that includes a rising sun, representing the east; and a river and steamboat, representing commerce. In the foreground, a settler's cabin and a man plowing a field represent agriculture. A wagon train heads west and buffalo are seen fleeing from two Indians. Around the top of the seal is a cluster of 34 stars.
STATE SLOGAN First Of The Rectangle States
STATE MOTTO Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
STATE SONG “Home on the Range” (1947)
STATE TREE cottonwood (1937)
STATE BIRD western meadowlark (1937)
STATE ANIMAL American Buffalo (or bison)
STATE FISH  
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES The Sunflower State, The Wheat State, Midway, U.S.A.
STATE FLOWER sunflower (1903)
BORDERING STATES Colorado Missouri Nebraska Oklahoma

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