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Interesting Facts about Kansas

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These interesting facts about Kansas for kids include Amelia Earhart, the discovery of helium, the windiest city in the U.S., and Dwight Eisenhower’s birthplace.


This is part of the 50 states unit study as we travel around America, learning about the history of each state. Check out these Kansas facts for kids below! Find some fun crafts, activities, and books for each state that will engage kids of all ages.

5 Interesting Facts about Kansas

Kansas is in the central-west part of the United States and is covered in plains and farming land. The capital is Topeka and it’s known as The Sunflower State. It became a state in 1861 and is 35th in population in the U.S. 

Fact One: Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean 

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897 and was the first woman to be given a pilot’s license. She was also the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1968 and is known as one of the most influential people in aviation history. 

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Fact Two: Helium was discovered in a new well in Kansas 

An oil well in Dexter, Kansas produced an unusual gas that was later named helium. After this discovery, helium was found in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The U.S. was the world’s largest helium producer in 2014. 

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Fact Three: Dodge City, Kansas is the windiest city in the United States

While Chicago is named “The Windy City,” it’s not, in fact, the windiest city in the United States. That honor goes to Dodge City, Kansas. The average speed of wind throughout the year is 14 miles per hour and you can expect tornadoes often. 

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Fact Four: Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Abilene, Kansas 

President Dwight Eisenhower was born in 1890 and was the 34th president of the United States. He was a five-star general in the United States Army and commanded many battles during his time as president. He is known as one of the best leaders of the country.  

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Fact Five: The Highline Bridge is double-tracked and double-decked

 The Highline Bridge can carry trains on both levels and was built in 1919. It connects large rail yards and carries both passengers and non-human haul. 

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