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In 1867 the railroad arrived in Abilene, and the first cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail began with cowboys and herds converging on growing towns like Dodge City
; soon towns were established and family farms spread across the state; the cattle industry prospered, and the miles and miles of wheat fields put Kansas on the map
In the early 1900s, Kansas developed into the most significant airplane manufacturing center on the planet. Aeronautic pioneers like Cessna, Lear, and Beach made Wichita the 'Air Capital of the World'. Cessna and Beechcraft were founded here in the 1920's and today Learjet, Airbus, and Boeing all have a strong presence in Wichita, Kansas.
In the 20th century, the state's prolific farms helped feed the nation and the world, and Kansas became the largest exporter of wheat on the planet. This is a true Heartland U.S.A.
state located in the central American prairies with Nebraska
to the North, Missouri
to the East, Oklahoma
to the south, and Colorado
to the west.
This is a Bible Belt state and Topeka
is often mentioned as the home of the Pentecostal Christian movement and a large segment of the Kansas population
are active church goers. While a great deal of the state is devoted to agriculture, Kansas cities are centers of culture, commerce, and rich old west history.
The capital of Topeka
is home to art and natural history museums, theater and green parks, the excellent Topeka Zoo and elegant State Capitol Building.
Located on the Arkansas River in the Red Hills, Dodge City
is the epitome of Old West culture. Historic Boot Hill cemetery, old style saloons, a Gunslingers Wax Museum, and gunfight reenactments keep the Cowboy Legend alive. Dodge is not just a show-town, it's a thriving Kansas community and a great place to live.
Located at the crossroads of America's future and historic past, the State of Kansas is a fabled land of Indian lore, cattle drives and cowboys - replete with famous Kansas names
and places like Abilene, Bat Masterson, Dodge City
, Wild Bill Hickock and Wyatt Earp.
Read more about Kansas here!