Do you want to discover a few new things about Kansas? Check out these fun Kansas facts!
Kansas joined the union in 1861, making it the 34th state of America. There are many things that make Kansas great.
For starters, did you know that Kansas is called the Sunflower State? The weather in Kansas is perfect for growing sunflowers, and in fact, sunflowers can be found in every county of the Sunflower state!
Over 3 million people call Kansas home.
This great state of Kansas is not only known for its beautiful sunflowers but for its many tornadoes, its windy city, its production of wheat, and much more!
Let’s learn some other interesting fun facts about Kansas!
Kansas Fun Facts
Tornadoes Are Frequent in Kansas
Kansas has an average of about 80 tornadoes every year. Don’t worry, though. Not all tornadoes are damaging. Some can simply pass by without a hitch.
But, it is still a fact that some tornadoes will destroy everything in their path. Tornadoes are so common in Kansas that part of the state is even referred to as “tornado alley.” This is an area where tornadoes are most likely to occur.
There is a Lot of Wheat that Grows in Kansas
It’s true that no other state in the country grows more wheat than Kansas. These farmers sure know what they are doing when it comes to wheat crops.
Roughly 320 million bushels of wheat are harvested from over 7 million farm acres in the Sunflower State.
Actually, Kansas produces enough wheat every year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread. Now, that is a lot of wheat!
Kansas is Home to the Largest Ball of Twine
Located in Cawker City, the largest ball of twine continues to amaze residents and visitors alike. Started by Frank Stoeber in 1953, this giant twine ball now weighs over 20,000 pounds and is more than 40 feet around.
There is an annual Cawker City picnic, where a twine-a-thon is held. Here, participants can add their own twine, making the ball bigger and bigger every year.
Today, the largest ball of twine measures over 40 feet in circumference and weighs more than 20,000 pounds.
The Windiest City is in Kansas
Dodge City, KS is the windiest city in America. While Chicago, IL is termed the windiest, that city only has winds averaging 10 mph.
Dodge City, on the other hand, has winds that average at about 14 miles per hour. Woah!
Kansas Has Some Very Unique Laws
Every state has a few offbeat laws, and Kansas is no exception. For example, did you know that it is illegal to hit a vending machine if it steals your money?
It’s also against the law to hunt whales (where would there be whales?), hunt rabbits from a motorboat, or hunt ducks with a mule.
One more silly law is that it’s illegal to sing the alphabet at night on the streets of Topeka, KS. How bizarre!
Interesting Kansas Facts
While these facts prove that Kansas isn’t just another boring flat state, there is most definitelyl more to discover about the Sunflower State.
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