Kansas is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county being Johnson County. Kansas, like other states, recognizes a number of symbols that represent its customs, cultures, and environment. Kansas State symbols including the buffalo, cottonwood tree, honeybee, Western meadowlark, salamander, sunflower, and box turtle, little bluestem, and Harney loam silt are officially designated as state symbols. Those Symbols become official through the legislative process. In 1861 the Kansas Legislature adopted the state seal. The design for the Great Seal of Kansas was submitted by John James Ingalls, a state senator from Atchison. Kansas is the nation’s second largest producer of beef cattle, behind only Texas. Kansas was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave African-American men the right to vote. In 1803, the United States purchased Kansas from France in the Louisiana Purchase.
When Kansas achieved statehood in 1861, a great Seal of Kansas was devised that incorporated the motto “Ad Astra Per Aspera” (To the Stars Through Difficulties), symbolizing the long delay of Kansas’ admission to the Union because of the dispute over whether it was to be a slave state or a free state.
The “American buffalo” is the National State Animal of Kansas. It Was Officially Adopted As a National Animal on March 28, 1955. The Other Name of American buffalo is “Bison”. The State Animal of Kansas American Bison is known to most Americans as simply “Buffalo”.