February 22, 2003


Kansas - "The Sunflower State"

Kansas, the geographic center of the continental United States is a wonderful place to visit and the home of the very first Pizza Hut!

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 08:13 AM

Not only are we home of the first Pizza Hut, but we're the home of the first White Castle -- but don't hold that against us. We have the world's largest steam shovel, and decided not to use it when we dug the world's largest hand-dug well. What can you say about a stat that refuses to use French pronunciation when saying the word "Arkansas"? Well... in a time when France is showing their true colors, I guess that makes Kansans true blue Americans!

Posted by: simon on February 23, 2003 01:50 AM

The most beautiful sunsets in the world can be found in Kansas, where there's no pesky mountains to block your view. :)

And, we made Judy Garland a star...

Posted by: cranky chick on February 23, 2003 03:19 AM

Four big prisons are located in my hometown of Leavenworth, just about everyone who resides in town is "doin' time in Leavenworth" (their clever marketing slogan) The "Big Top" (aka US Penitentiary) has a lot of very interesting history associated with it. Breakouts, mobsters plus the birdman of Alcatraz resided there for a long period of time.

Posted by: laura on February 23, 2003 10:54 AM

Grew up in Kansas, don't live there now, and it gets a bad rap for boring, but it's amazing. In the spring, when the rains have started and all the wheat is coming up, it looks like the biggest golf course in the world.

Late June, when the wheat is golden, it looks like a truly amber state, gold everywhere.

Of course it also is home of the consistently best college basketball team in the world -- KU Jayhawks.

Posted by: Patty on February 23, 2003 03:19 PM

And, of course, the greatest turnaround college football team in history, the K-State Wildcats, located improbably in a little town tucked down in a little valley in the middle of the prairie.

I have no greater love for my state than when I'm driving west through the Flint Hills on I-70 at sunrise in the spring...when the sun peeks over the hills and illuminates the rolling emeralds, pinks, and browns of the prairie, I'm overwhelmed by the beauty.

Posted by: Bobby A-G on February 24, 2003 09:20 PM

Born and raised in Wichita. A big town without the small town stupidity (and vice-versa) I agree with the previous two posters regarding sports, but I left so early I didn't for a bond with either schol, just the state.

Posted by: Matt on February 27, 2003 12:19 AM