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”.
Topeka is the Official State Capital Of Kansas. Topeka is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The name Topeka is a Kansa-Osage sentence which means “a place where we dug potatoes”, or “a good place to dig potatoes”.
Wild Native Sunflower Is The Official State Flower Of Kansas. Kansas Adopted the wild native sunflower as the official state flower and floral emblem in 1903. The Kansas State Flower Wild Native Sunflower features in the Kansas quarter, the state flag, and is the reason why Kansas is known as “the Sunflower State.”
Ornate Box Turtle Is The Official State Reptile of Kansas. In 1986, Kansas Adopted the ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) as the official state reptile In observance of the 125th anniversary of Kansas statehood.
Cottonwood Tree Is The Official State Tree Of Kansas. Kansas Adopted the cottonwood as the official state tree on March 23, 1937. The Bill For State Tree Is Introduced by State Representative Relihan Is Called “Kansas House Bill No. 113”.